This is the kind of course my daughter Daniela would really enjoy. Associate Professor and architect Nicolai de Gier, along with Deane Simpson and Jesper Pagh taught a chair design course at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Architecture School. Noting that usually students spend much of course time on sketching and making small-scale models of their chairs, not allowing time to confront the limitations and challenges of the actual building at a 1 to 1 scale, de Gier decided to have his students design and build one chair – one to one – once a week. Each week a new material was assigned so that students would have new experiences and challenges. The emphasis was on quality of concept more than final finish of the chair. The result? You be the judge. The students made 78 chairs in 6 different workshops. I’d say impressive, with some very unique designs, for sure.
You can see the rest of the chairs here, and you can see an unrelated but also interesting project, 100 Chairs in 100 Days, using discarded chairs in London, (via@mrfidalgo) here.