VELA ROCKER

A SCANDINAVIAN INSPIRED ROCKING CHAIR

Design Brief: use local inspiration while living and studying in Copenhagen to create an object to sit on based on Scandinavian furniture design

Solution: a rocking chair showcasing the light, clean, functional values of Danish design  

RESEARCH

  • Understanding Scandinavian design aesthetics

  • Studying famous Scandinavian designers

  • Visiting local design museums and stores in Copenhagen

  • Touring furniture factories and show rooms around Denmark

  • Embarking on a week-long study tour in Sweden and Finland

  • Measuring many chairs and people to study ergonomics 

INSPIRATION & IDEATION

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

CONSTRUCTION

measuring for domino joints
gluing up the side
gluing in the cross beams
gluing on the seat
soaping up the chair

FINAL PRODUCT

 

In addition to carefully calculated lengths and angles for a visually and physically pleasing geometry, I wanted to focus on making the functional details such as joints the decorative accents of the piece. Due to size constraints of the shipping crates, this rocking chair has a smaller profile than its classic inspiration; however, it does not compromise comfort nor a smooth stable rock.