Furniture Design: Estra[va]do Chair

The idea behind this chair was born in an elective course, which objective was to design a chair and, with the material provided by the university, build it with our own hands. The intention was so that we could absorb important information about materials, scale, building techniques and, why not, structure’s stability.

Estra[va]do’s fundamental principle is basically that triangular structures are known for being the most stable and, for that reason, could allow building a chaise longue without a posterior support. Also, the decision of making it a framed structure is directly related to stability.. However, it was also a decision regarding the comfort of the user, since being framed implies that it is much lighter and can be moved by any person. Despite being framed, it is a very comfortable chair and bears most types of users.

In fact, its name is a word game derived from the combination of two portuguese words that help explaining this concept. The words are ‘estrado’ – which is closest to meaning to frame structure – and ‘travado’ – which means locked.

Role
student
For
academic work
Date
2008
Type
furniture, chaise
Status
built
Mentor
Professor Luciano Alvares
Size
45x210x100 cm (WxLxH)