Rajah Chair

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 1687 days ago 4395 views 18 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

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#1 posted 1687 days ago

Super cool design, thanks for sharing

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 1687 days ago

i like it … and as always i love the wood combos

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 1687 days ago

intriguing design and beautiful end result!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 1687 days ago

Very unique design & very nice craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 1687 days ago

I have seen many different formulas for good back support ergonomics in chairs. This is the first time I have seen a wooden flex design. Very impressive. How much experiment was involved in selecting a wood that could flex and still maintain durability? Was Paldao selected because of its interlocking grain? Wonderful work!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 1687 days ago

Wow again different style of making chair, I like the way you make details


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#7 posted 1687 days ago

This is a great looking chair! I love it.

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#8 posted 1686 days ago

I could look at this for hours. I love your designs and the innovative way you approach the ordinary.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 1686 days ago

Very creative. I love it!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 1685 days ago

VERY interesting.

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#11 posted 1682 days ago

Simply incredible. You’re a true virtuoso.

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#12 posted 1680 days ago

Love the design…........grabs your attention for sure!


-- Robin Renee'

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#13 posted 1632 days ago

Hey Benji,
Aloha. I just love that chair! To reiterate what I’ve said in the past, you are truly a master and I finally have someone to inspire me to stretch my ideas a little more. It is an honor to visually experience your magnificent talent. I bow down to you….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#14 posted 1290 days ago

Love this design Benji, I had missed this when it was first posted but glad I found it! Well thought out design and solid construction, also like the how you used different types wood to create this look.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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