Last Wednesday, Design Within Reach threw a party for the Parsons students who participated in “Re-imaging the Chair,” a semester-long collaboration between Parsons, DWR and Heller that I wrote about in the last issue of Design Notes. The evening was an opportunity for the students to interact with design professionals and to celebrate their creations. A panel of judges, including Mel Byars and Sandy Chilewich, critiqued the work, and awards were given to the top designs. Sari Widman’s “Fluff” took first place.
When describing her chair, Sari stated, “I have a bit of a fantasy of being hugged and carried around by a huge fluffy white monster when I get stressed out or tired. I wanted to make a chair that would feel like that, being surrounded by something fluffy and comforting. I also wanted to take the opportunity to build something, because as an illustration student, I draw all the time, but rarely get to work in 3D. Through the process of sketching, the chair, being fluffy, naturally evolved into a type of animal, bringing in the hooves at the bottom and the animal motif.” It’s our new favorite pet.