Kurvestole in situ
Sketching and prototypes through sketch modelling progressed by studying both desired postures, existing designs and traditional cane shaping techniques.
At a scale of 1:5, the first prototype was a rough shaping guide that would help direct the form of the first 1:1 prototype in the actual material of rattan.
Procedure & Production Issues
While producing the first 1:1 prototype I ran into several issues in shaping, bending and strengthening the frame which needed to be resolved in the next iteration.
Process - Prototype 3
Learning from the first 2 prototypes, I worked the bent rattan into a mold to ensure that both sides of the chair would contain the same bends. The completed frames then had to be joined using traditional dowels and cane wrapping techniques to hide the joints. No glues or fasteners were used.
The crux of the two outer structural frames had to be carefully bent and joined using a dowel and traditional cane wrapping. The triangular joint was used for structural strength that would still maintain a light and airy form.
The 3rd prototype was structurally sound and was designed to accommodate a felt lining that would create comfortable cushioning without a lot of padding and without distracting from the frame.
Kurvestol was a success as a lightweight, comfortable and flexible piece of furniture, but unfortunately did not fold down into a suitcase. The fate of kurvestol is unknown but was last seen in the courtyard behind a building on Ægirsgade.