Stitch Chair, 2008

Design Museum, London
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A Century of Chairs
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The 'Stitch' chair was born of a demand for quality in a limited space. This is the 21st century urban environment. The chair folds flat. This is not a conventional chair, it can be folded and stored with ease, but demands not to be. Stitch is a folding chair that folds to 16mm, thinner than any other folding chair. Its folding mechanism is patented. The hinges are "elegant industrial" defining the method of assembly for production. The mechanism was created through the exploration and manipulation of folding sheet material into flat forms. My investigation resulted in a method of folding articulation that in one movement transforms a three-dimensional ridged structure into compact flat form. The colour scheme is a vibrant patchwork quilt. Ten pieces of metal "stitched" together by the unique hinge system. Stitch is significant in its innovation. It has won numerous awards and has been included in many curated exhibition throughout the world, and has attracted significant press coverage, for example: "A Century of Chairs (online exhibition Design Museum London "Belle Georg Jensen Inaugural Award 2009 (Winner) "Design Icons, Tod's Boutique, Milan (an exhibition showcasing 10 pieced of significant furniture, held at the time of the Milan Furniture Fair 2009) "Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2008, Design Museum, London "Idea Awards 08 (Category Winner, Best Furniture Product) The patented folding mechanism has been applied to a range of furniture typologies, for example, the Stitch stool (launched in 2009), and a disaster relief folding shelter.
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