|Project by Benji Reyes||posted 01-15-2010 09:25 PM||4671 views||20 times favorited||14 comments|
I designed the Rajah chair in 1998. The concept was to challenge one’s perception of balance and structural stability. On the first Rajah chair I exhibited, people dared to sit on it. That was the first success in my design. I had to ask my 280 pound friend to sit on it to show people and prove that it was structurally sound and comfortable to sit on. People just had the perception that one will never experience a soft feel sitting on a wooden chair. Borrowing the principle of the bow, I had my back rest flex according to the weight of the person thus giving him a softer feel yet strong enough to hold his weight. The arm rests are supported by the front legs and is independent from any other attachment thus giving it a floating and light effect. The back rest is of dao and runs through the ipil seat and acts as the third leg. The play of different species of wood and its characteristics allows me to adjust the sizes of my components for a better balance and symmetry of design. To date, I have produced 178 Rajah chairs and all have held its own structurally. In 2008, I did a retrospect of this chair and will be posting it soon. I will be posting more of my bow flex backrest design chairs in the coming weeks. Keep the sawdust flying fellow LJ’s!
-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benji-Reyes/88321902103?ref=ts