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.Furniture Design2014
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.
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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.
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