Pointillist chair

I entered this unusual chair design in a contest to repurpose salvaged building materials in a creative way. The Pointillist Chair uses no hardware - only tension created by ratchet straps - and distributes the sitter’s weight across a series of points, almost like a nailbed. The non-contiguous seating surface is a nod to pointillist paintings, which use separate marks instead of brushstrokes to depict an image.

The chairs were assembled at a workshop I led, hosted by the Office of Sustainability at the Baltimore Toolbank. Armed only with jigsaws and sanders, volunteers followed a template to cut curves in each board, arrange the pieces according to the lettered diagram, and strap them together. The finished chairs were deployed to vacant lot rehab projects throughout the city. 

All materials were salvaged locally by Brick + Board