The prominence of platonic volumes in the local design production seems to create self censorship. A general norm of assemblies of basic shapes monotonically ranging from cube to cylinder is greying the design panorama. It can be taken for minimalism, but it is probably as well due to a lack of knowledge in the description and practice of complex geometry itself caused by a superficial education in the tools and concepts of topology and spatial geometry. Generations seem to pass without being given the necessary education to work, describe, conceive and manufacture complex surfaces.
HENCE: this chair.
To break the circle, demonstrate the gains of such geometries and prove it is achievable, here, in Lebanon.
HENCE is a simple continuous surface chair. It’s geometry is both sculptural, structural, ergonomic and studied for manufacture. Despite being made of aluminium, it is a tribute to Sam Maloof, and his eponymous joint, on which each leg relies, giving this classic of carpentry know-how a complete new twist. It is made from recycled (and recyclable) aluminium from the trash of Lebanon. It is composed of six parts, to be cast in simple moulds and shipped economically. Its wall thickness is six millimetres, and it weights eight kilograms. Its continuous surface has been defined using computer aided design software and has been 3Dprinted to produce the masters for moulding.