IFDA2011: Gold Leaf: Half Chair

International Furniture Design Competition

Gold Leaf

  • The focus of attention is totally different to standard chairs, and the concept fits perfectly with the form of design. It has a very distinctive concept, theoretical in a way, but I think that this new design is born from the clear solution it provides. (Kawakami)
  • It is rare to see a design whose concept stems from a structure made to limit the activities and situations in which the chair is used be chosen as the grand prix winner. The design makes it easy to imagine a musician such as a cellist sitting on the chair playing their cello, and the overall design has a distinctive style and simplicity. All judges were convinced that the concept of shortening the seat depth is an excellent way to ensure the user sits forward properly. (Fukasawa)
  • This chair clearly shows the importance of “concept” in design. Furthermore, both the purpose and function of the design are integrated in the chair. The chair has many variation possibilities too, such as changing the seat depth to 2/3 size or full size, in addition to increasing the height like a bar stool. The rich variety this chair has, which is an essential condition for quality design, shows it has great future potential. (Oda)
  • The concept of the design is freshly unique. As its name suggests, the amount of materials used for the chair are approximately half those used for a standard wooden chair. This economical, efficient use of materials also means the chair is more ecologically friendly. (Yoon)
Entry Abstracts

People tend to slide down on chairs, which results in wedging the backbone between the seat board and backrest, putting unnecessary strain on our musculoskeletal system. This chair prevents that risk simply by removing the front half of the seat. A half seat still supports the bones required for sitting, allowing most of the normal activities you would expect to do on a chair, such as reading, writing and eating. Furthermore, this design is especially suitable for when playing musical instruments, which requires the sitting posture to be even more sensitive.

The shape and structure of the chair have been adapted to suit the smaller seat, and its effect on sitting posture. The design is material efficient and also space-saving due to its stackability.

Woojin Chung
Woojin Chung
Born in 1976,
Studied architecture, industrial design, and furniture making
2008 Graduated from Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk
2011 Graduating from Aalto University, School of Art and Design

2008 iF concept award, honorable mention
2009 Rolf Åsard award