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I Must Sit on That

You know that unmistakable feeling you get when you see something and your gut tells you that you need to sit on it? We’ve all been there and it just happened to me once again.

In today’s design-inspiring link we look at a chair that your derriere would be so lucky to grace.

The intriguingly designed line of chairs and benches by this designer, Carolien Laro, employ “Spring Wood” (presumably requiring everyone to say “Boooiiingggg” as they sit upon it). Each “wooden pillow” requires 480 CNC-milled cuts into an Ash blank. Ash being one of the better kerf-bending species.

The first thing I thought when I came across this chair was John Economaki’s famous “Squiggle Wood” made from super fine kerf cuts on his Bridge City Tool Works Jointmaker Pro as can be seen in the following video. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that this chair design is Squiggle Wood inspired.


My mind can’t really figure out how the inner part of this chair doesn’t fall out like a bunch of Jenga pieces. This may also speak to why I have never won a game of Jenga… or maybe not, point is, I suck at Jenga and I have no idea how this chair works.

I also wonder if the kerfs ever pinch the sitter where I assume they flex close under load (just figured out where “ass load” originated). A chair that leaves pinch marks on a sitter’s buttocks could be damaging to relationships, besides just the epidermis… “No honey, I promise a chair did that… I’m totally being serious right now”.

Course, it could also be a really fast way to pluck ass hair by sitting on it naked (I’ve finally got “ass hair” out my system… I’ve been dying to blog those words in succession from day one). Which brings up another potential issue (no, not my disturbing over-sharing). It must be a royal pain to clean out the top surface kerfs. There are some pretty deep gullets for food, dust, and DNA to be lodged in (DNA == ass hair).

Kidding around aside, I think this is a pretty cool design. I don’t think I’ve previously thought of wood furniture other than as purely rigid structures. My mind has been sufficiently bent for the day.

And thus this chair has formally been added to my bucket list of things to sit on, right behind a small tower of potato bread (unbuttered for safety reasons).

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  1. January 27th, 2011 at 15:49 | #1

    You covered a lot of territory on this post, my friend, but you forgot one thing. If you sit on this nekked, your butt would look like a Belgian waffle. Palatable or unsavory? You decide.

    • January 28th, 2011 at 01:16 | #2

      I covered a lot of territory but I left out a clear opportunity to turn the phrase “Belgian Waffling” into something disturbing and perhaps even a personal catch-phrase. Sad day for me… People say not to live with regrets… easier said than done.

  2. June 22nd, 2011 at 13:17 | #3

    Of course, the seat won’t collapse. The cuts do not go all the way across. They’ve only created a spring to allow for stretch and curve. You’re funny.

  1. January 26th, 2011 at 16:40 | #1