DATU chair

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 12-21-2009 05:19 PM 5904 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was part of my retrospect 50/26 exhibit in 2008. The seat is hand carved from a 4” slab of reclaimed narra wood. The back splat is woven dungon (iron wood) slats. I designed and built the first Datu chair in 1988 as part of my Filipino inspired line for the designers row at the Furniture Fair in Manila. This design won me a best designer award for that year.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 05:31 PM

i like the first one even though the other one is also great…

-- hrvoje

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 05:34 PM

Hi, yes you deserve the award for that,
keep up the great works,



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#3 posted 12-21-2009 05:36 PM

Beautiful chair. Love the design.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 05:42 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! The first Picture is the retrospect. the second one is the original 1988 design. Keep the saw dust flying!!!!!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 05:57 PM

Great design! That’s a fantastic looking chair.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 06:02 PM

Both are impressive works! To me the second one is my favorite. I like the curves and soft edges. Looks very inviting.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 07:48 PM

Yet another design triumph and yet almost entirely different. I’m not impressed, I am awed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 01:07 AM

Wow, another beautiful chair. A few similar attributes as the other one, but both unique and beyond beautiful. I like the other chair (the rocking chair, tumba tumba) better but that’s just me. Both are fantastic.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 02:12 AM


Nice to see another Pinoy artist in the LJ fold. I am a Pinoy but not an artist. I like the way you name your pieces and the use of native species. I hope to see more of your projects and the other Filipino artists as well.


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 03:19 AM

I like the design and execution. Great detailing and grain patterns. I imagine your wood is very hard and dense. I’d like to know how you carved the seat so nicely? Power tools, hand tools or a combination. Carving pine is one thing but your wood looks very hard.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 03:41 AM

Another beauty. Well done

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 04:10 AM

Very interesting design. You deserved the award!

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 05:53 AM

Very nice flowing design. I don’t know anything about Filipino woodworking history. Does this borrow from traditional designs? Also, from what I can tell from the pictures, it looks like all pegged tenon joinery. Is that correct?

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 03:55 PM

Beautiful and artistic design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 01-20-2010 05:10 PM

GREAT, Amazing!

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