Tate Chow, Product Designer
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Saltworks Chair

Saltworks Dining Chair

Spring 2014

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Furniture Design

Saltworks Chair

While studying Industrial Design at Syracuse University I participated in a furniture and lighting workshop that explored concepts made out of reclaimed materials. The project was started and completed during a spring semester in 2014.

 
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 This first prototype was made from MDF

This first prototype was made from MDF

 
 

1st Prototype

My chair was inspired by the materials former use as structural beams in a factory nearby in Syracuse. I focused on a design that would emphasize it's joinery construction and hard lines.

 
 

I designed the chair around the mortise and tenon joinery to maintain clean lines through intersections. Because we were working with a finite resource my design had the advantage of using the smaller cuts of salvaged wood rather than large planks which maximized our material resources.

 
 
 

Process and Details

I made full-size three prototypes before my final chair. Each prototype helped me fine tune the details on my final chair like the material thickness, mortise and tenon joints and bent seat back.

 
 
 Prototype #3 experimented with a leg brace and bent seat back

Prototype #3 experimented with a leg brace and bent seat back

 
 
 
 You can see the mortise and tenon joints inteh front legs

You can see the mortise and tenon joints inteh front legs

 
 Final chair pieces after being cut

Final chair pieces after being cut

 
 
 
 Very snug joints!

Very snug joints!

 
 
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I chose certain cuts of wood so that the bolt holes, from the materials former days as structural beams, would accent the chair's reclaimed aesthetic and story. I finished the chair in a tung oil. 

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 My chair and I in 2014

My chair and I in 2014