If you followed my Design Insight series over at CounterKicks this sketchbook drop may be familiar to you.
This was a little project I was working on last Winter/Spring of 2011. I have always been inspired by Herman Miller and their products, in particular the Aeron chair and in this instance the Sayl by Yves Behar. The concept behind both chairs are similar, an expanding material that is suspended from a frame and takes the shape of your form. The main difference is the price, the Aeron is $800+ and the Sayl is $250+. My goal was to create a suspended TPU material that stretches from hinge points on a frame and expands around your foot. I was imagining the frame to be a blended weave of Carbon Fiber that gets stronger where the weave gets tighter and flexes where the weave opens up. The idea needed a lot of work and still does but it made for some fun sketching!
I need to finish this idea at some point, all in due time I suppose….