I heart Chairs -- by guest Micah Heiselt

Whenever I am feeling particularly confident in my creative abilities or am having an especially dreadful day at work I revisit one of my most cherished dreams in life. I want to grow up to be a furniture designer and craftsman. Don’t get me wrong, I love working as a graphic designer. I love kerning, tweaking, hue shifting and control “z”ing just as much as anyone, but I can’t deny that part of me that wants to throw my computer out the window, find a nice piece of walnut and make something beautiful.

I think that when all of my stars fall into left justified alignment I will start with building chairs. To get ready for that day, I have on my computer desktop a folder called, “Design & Ideas to Steal.” When I am surfing around the Interweb and I come across a really great chair (or anything for that matter) I grab the image and throw it into the folder. Here are a few of my favorites. I apologize that not all of them have links to the original source. My approach to inspiration gathering is grab first, research later.



1. I love the simplicity of the shapes and materials on this chair. It would look great sitting in a fashion magazine company’s lobby or on the patio of a ranch house.



2. I am a sucker for bent ply and this is wonderful. Sorry, I couldn’t track down it’s source.



3. I think this chair is brilliant. It saves trees and shipping cost; it uses no glues, nails or screws; and it’s not too bad on the eyes.



4. This might just be my favorite out of the bunch. If I had a whole stack of these to pull out when extra seating is needed, I would be one happy guy. (sadly, no link)



5. I love the way this breaks free from chair norms and tells a story in the process.



6. Mahogany and concrete, what a beautiful marriage. I look forward to seeing any future children they may produce.

4 comments:

Red Fermata said...

Wow! this is actually MY dream too! and this post is now printed out for my similar type of folder that is actually a drawer full of ripped out/printed out furniture design ideas of mostly tables and book shelves. Favorite post EVER.

SHILL said...

i like the one with the bird, so cute :)

Joyce said...

I'll take the mahogany and concrete one! I like the lines and combo of the concrete and wood.

SimplyGrove said...

This was a great post! I heart chairs too:)

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