Original Concept - 2012 - My entry for the Battery Park Chair Design Competition
The Roll Chair is a simple, modern, playful, stacking chair that will provide an iconic, recognizable signature alternative to the inexpensive folding café chairs ubiquitous to New York’s public spaces.
The Roll Chair is designed for stackability. The cutout in the rear of the seat will allow other chairs to nest and sit on top of one another. Once they are stacked, the chairs can be locked together by running a cable through the holes in the base.
The chairs are designed to fit the majority of median average adults, with the seat height just lower than average for a dining chair, allowing for a fairly relaxed and comfortable posture.
The chairs can be easily moved by grabbing them either through the hole in the backrest or by using the handles built into the seat.
The horseshoe shape of the chair base will allow the weight to be distributed easily, preventing the chairs from sinking into the surface of the park. The finish of the chair will allow for bright, vibrant color schemes, energizing the landscape of the park.
The Roll Chair is designed to be made from Water-Jet or Laser cut sheet steel. All three panels will start as flat sheets and be cut into shape prior to forming. All of the pieces will be rolled and bent into their final forms using standard metal forming tools. All pieces will have any burrs or sharp points removed from their outer surface and then mechanically fastened together. The seat will be tack welded onto the base on the underside, so the welds can be hidden, and the seat back will be bolted to the seat frame. The RFID chip will also be installed on the underside of the seat so it will be concealed. The sponsor recognition placard will be installed either on the inside of the seat base or on the rear of the seat back.
The chairs are designed to be made from sheet steel, which boasts a high percentage of recycled content and a high degree of recyclability. The chair should be either Powder coated for corrosion resistance or painted with a non solvent-based durable UV resistant coating so as not to prevent recycling at the end of the chair’s life cycle. Powder coatings can be removed in the recycling process if that approach is more cost effective.