Folding chair

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Project by mdf posted 07-23-2007 11:44 PM 43049 views 35 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my prototype of a folding chair made of plywood. It is inspired by some Danish designed chairs from the 50s. It is quite comfortable, but I will be changing the design a bit and make it more sleek.

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#1 posted 07-24-2007 12:02 AM

Beautiful chair, wonderful setting.

mdf, it’s obvious you are not a novice, although a novice to this site – welcome.

I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 07-24-2007 12:56 AM

Great chair! What type and thickness of plywood did you use? It looks very comfortable.

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#3 posted 07-24-2007 01:31 AM

Nice looking chair. Very cool design!

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#4 posted 07-24-2007 01:44 AM

I really like the little arms!

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#5 posted 07-24-2007 02:16 AM

Thank you all very much for your kind words. I used birch ply, 3/4 thick.

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#6 posted 07-24-2007 03:15 AM

Very nice looking chair Mdf, glad to have you aboard. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-24-2007 11:47 AM

Very well done. It looks alot like the Barcelona chair, I can’t remember who or when it was made. But it is really nicely done.

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 03:46 AM

J likes the style of the chair beautiful work

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 03:32 AM

MDF: what a great simple clean design! I love it! What finish did you use (if any)? The color stayed so clear.

Kaleo: It was Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 World’s Fair in Barcelona. And I agree, a great (unintentional?) reinterpretation of a classic.


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#10 posted 05-11-2008 04:47 AM

Kaleo and FritzM – you are right the chair does have some of the same lines, however I think my chair is closer to Hans Wegner’s folding chair from 1949. He may have been inspired by Mies Van der Rohe?. There is not much new under the sun!

The chair never got a finish. It was a prototype made out of basic plywood. The new “version” is made from red oak and the seat and back is weaved with Danish Cord.


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#11 posted 05-11-2008 10:35 PM

mdf: I hadn’t seen Wegner’s folding chair until you mentioned it…. beautiful! I really like your interpretation of it. Yours in some way is a more modern (meaning of today‚Äôs) style….. I think it’s the shape of the arm rests and their position on the chair and the lack of stays connecting the seat to the back under the chair. Yours has a more CNC “flat-pack” look which I really like.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#12 posted 07-11-2008 01:48 PM

Very nice design. It looks very inviting.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 07-11-2008 02:42 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#14 posted 07-25-2008 06:47 PM

Nice looking chair.Great job!

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#15 posted 04-12-2009 05:49 PM

I like the fact the chair is WIDE. Very Nice!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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