Convo . Gunlocke
Comfort plays a big role in Gunlocke’s NeoCon 2015 product introductions, and the new Convo™ Barstool is no exception. This new seating option, designed by Alyssa Coletti, truly defines how sleek, clean and tailored design can be surprisingly and delightfully comfortable.
Convo was designed with constant comfort in mind. From its supportive, slightly concave seat with low profile cushioning to a thoughtful footrest, this flexible stool provides incredible support, making it one on which you can sit for a long while.
The seat dips down under the tailbone, where the most weight rests. There, the cushioning impact is the greatest. Convo’s upholstered seat is created from a two-piece, fiberglass-reinforced urethane shell injected with dense, molded foam that cushions users when they sit but springs back and retains its shape after use.
The dual upholstery option and multiple base finish options serve as a palette for designers and end users to marry their own creativity and essential style into Convo’s aesthetic.
A second version with a carved wood seat offers a sleek, organic, ergonomic seating option.
Convo is designed to be durable, repairable and upgradeable as well as designed with the end of life mind: recyclable mixed materials are easily separable and can be re-used, recycled or composted.
Convo’s shell contains high recycled content. For example a Convo stool with an upholstered seat and polished steel frame greater than 18% total recycled content is also SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold and BIFMA level® 2 certified and provides significant contributions to LEED 2009 and LEED V4 projects.
The Convo perch blends the best of simple elegance, design creativity and ultimate comfort into a single, use-anywhere seating option that is the most comfortable stool that Gunlocke has ever designed.
Furniture Design, Industrial Design
Nonfiction Creative . Fiction
What happens when natural materials are melded with complicated form? Fiction.
The Fiction lounge chair features delicate, sculpted walnut arms that flow into a blackened steel base. Fiction’s arms are tied together with a molded plywood shell and draped with a white leather seat.
Alyssa Coletti worked on Fiction’s design for a number of years, contemplating multiple materials and methods, before making Fiction a reality. After being told many times by many individuals that the chair could not be made or that it would be too expensive to prototype, Coletti enrolled in woodworking classes with local craftsmen and over the course of a year created the chair prototype from scratch.
“Initially, I began with the desire to make a sturdy organic form from solid wood. I then translated this idea into a profile sketch. Next, I used 3-D modeling software to try many variations of the arm cross-section and overall shape, bases, and variations of the overall form. Eventually, I knew that I needed to prototype the chair. Having the chair made by a professional woodworker was just cost prohibitive, so I enrolled in woodworking classes taught by local craftsmen and started building the chair. Expert woodworkers provided me with guidance throughout the prototype fabrication, ensuring that the chair would be sturdy and functional. Over the course of a year, I learned many woodworking methods, how to use various tools and work with several different materials.”
To develop the sculptured appearance of the arms, while adding strength, Coletti constructed the chair’s arms by sawing lumber into thin strips, stacking the strips cross-grain, and laminating the resulting material into blocks for machining. Once machined, the arms were painstakingly refined and the subtleties of the form were made evident. The crossed wood grain gives the arms strength and results in the visible arm striping.
The prototype chair-shell was created from skateboard deck veneer and walnut veneer using a vacuum-molding technique. The base is blackened steel – a material formed with little environmental impact.
Coletti is currently looking for a manufacturing partner to bring Fiction to market.
Furniture Design, Design
Gunlocke . Savor
Gunlocke’s New, Award-Winning Savor Guest Chair Combines Finely Tailored Design with Innovative, Rapidly Renewable Materials
Savor, a new addition to Gunlocke’s wood guest seating portfolio, focuses on clean lines and refined details and delivers on a strong sustainability promise, featuring a unique bio-material in its seat-back construction. Savor just received a coveted Best of NeoCon Editor’s Choice on opening day of the NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors.
Using the influencing aesthetic of the planes and edges found in executive casegoods, designer Alyssa Coletti of Nonfiction Creative, LLC has unveiled a chair that ultimately is at home in any office setting, alongside a variety of desking solutions.
“Minimalist lines and flat planes provided me with a starting point for my initial sketches,” Coletti explains. “While Savor’s design is based on a prototypical guest chair, it isn’t typical. Its elements have been shaped to unify the wood and upholstery into a continuous form.”
Savor’s finely tailored styling features faceted elements of transitioning proportions throughout its framework. Its back-post design, which consists of a beveled, dually tapering form, effortlessly melds the wood elements with the upholstered back, acting as an aesthetic cornerstone that carries the surface design through all of the exposed-wood elements. The upholstered back transitions from a curved surface that cradles the user’s back into a forward-turning curve that sweeps under the seat.
“I played with the nuances of the surfaces and worked to elevate those,” Coletti explains. “I wanted them to catch the light differently and work them so something interesting happens to them. Also, I wanted this chair to be complementary to other office furniture but also still stand out in the room.”
Savor is available in ash, maple or walnut in any of Gunlocke’s standard wood finishes and upholstery options. An optional wood or upholstered top rail also is available.
Designed with the environment and end-of-life in mind, Savor is durable, repairable and upgradeable, featuring 86 percent renewable content thanks to its innovative myco-board seat back (9.31 percent), wood components (71.38 percent) and textiles, if a natural material, such as leather, is specified (6.21 percent). Savor is the first chair in the world to use a new biomaterial that is made using a natural organism rather than a chemical adhesive.
The myco-board technology used in the seat back is created from agricultural byproducts, such as corn stalks, which are glued together with mycelium – the analogous roots of mushrooms. Mycelium acts as a natural, self-assembling resin, eliminating the need for chemical glues or resins the seatback board. This natural, compostable, bio-degradable material has been certified under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) bio-preferred program. Myco-board materials are Cradle to Cradle® Gold Certified, the highest level of certification achieved to date by any product or material.
Gunlocke . Lily
Inspired by motion and warmth, Gunlocke’s new Lily guest chair creates elegant seating that easily adapts to any private office environment, while making its own unique statement within the space.
In crafting Lily, designer Alyssa Coletti of Nonfiction Creative, LLC, deftly calls out the chair’s seat and frame as distinct structural elements, yet effortlessly marries them through skillful use of a flowing edge that creates a continuous path throughout the wood frame as well as the upholstery details. This edge acts as a conduit for seamless transitions between crisp edges and the waterfall surfaces found on the frame and upholstery.
Cabot Wrenn . Auto
Occasional table collection for Cabot Wrenn. NeoCon 2011.
Photos courtesy Cabot Wrenn.
David Edward . Vella
Tight seat with luggage stitch detailing. Available with metal legs in polished aluminium (DE-PA) or with a maple “X” base.
Kron Designs . Ray
Conference and occasional table collection for Kron Designs. 2014.
Brueton . Tycho
Tycho coffee table.
Nonfiction Creative . Dish
Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Product Design
Cabot Wrenn . Tug
Tug is a relaxed and stylized twist on a classic "tuxedo" style
chair. The implied "tug" on the back that creates the curved
panel gives the impression of a relaxed, yet tailored appearance. Tug is available with brushed aluminum or wood feet. Additionally, the outside shell is available plain or with quilted
Furniture Design, Industrial Design