Hybrid Chair was designed as a multi-use piece of furniture for
both domestic and commercial markets. A domestic customer (a family
of 4 for example) may purchase a set of 8. For most of the time,
the backs may be removed from 4 chairs, leaving 4 dining chairs
(and plenty of space) around the dining table for the family and
providing 4 stools/ottomans or a bench for other rooms in the dwelling.
The backs can then be easily replaced to provide another 4 dining
chairs when entertaining guests. Likewise, restaurants and cafes
have the option of using the chairs in any one of the three modes
depending on how busy they may be at that time and whether they
need formal or informal seating.
The design of the piece was arrived at by experimenting with the
simplest of forms. A bent "U" shape held together by 2
"sticks" proved to be the most simple form of the required
seat base proportions, while providing incredible strength and stability.
The initial inspiration for this shape came from a marine shackle,
which is a high strength fitting used on yachts to secure tensioned
rigging from the mast to the boat hull. Like the base of the chair,
the rectangular removable back is simple and minimal in form. The
geometry of the 2 components is almost childlike and quite playful
in its simplicity. Offsetting the angle of the "sticks"
and cushion edges brings an element of humour and personality to
the chair. This theme is carried further by alternating veneer colours
of both the bases and backs and upholstering the cushions, which
are intended to look like soft jelly dripping over the ply, in bright