Brett Gabriel Simon Monday 11 Jul 2011

The "Pas de deux" Chair, inspired by the folding and collapsible chairs and stools designed by Mogens Koch, Hans Wegner, and Kaare Klint, among other designers, embodies the choreography of two dancers in a ballet.

The two components of the frame close in harmony and embrace, and open in arresting tension. Comfort, portability, simplicity, and ecological concerns choreographed the design process.

In the "Pas de deux" Chair the ethic pervades the aesthetic. The closely-spaced slats of the seat and backrest furnish ample support to the body. The steel hinge joins the two components of the frame so that they may pivot and nest. Minimal and ecological material usage reduces the environmental impact during production and transportation.

Naturally and commercially abundant Maple wood is used in this particular prototype; potential alternatives would include oak, black cherry, and walnut, and teak for outdoor use. Forest Stewardship Council certification would be sought for all lumber. The pivot hinge was handcrafted from steel, a material guaranteed to have recycled content; an alternative material for the pivot hinge would be brass, the alloys of which are nearly entirely recycled.

The intrinsic beauty and warmth of the wood, the clarity of the design, and a utilitarian, space-saving, environmental sensibility come together to create this chair.