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I designed and fabricated a series of children's chairs as part of a 2016 Architectural Association Visiting School in Lacey Green, England. Based at Grymsdyke Farm, a research and fabrication facility outside of London, the workshop was an intensive tutorial in chair mechanics and fabrication techniques.
The ambition was to design prototype chairs for a music pavilion at a nearby school. We developed a detailed brief through visiting the school and interviewing the teachers and students about how they used the space. We also learned about Lacey Green's rich history of furniture making, including a trip to the local Ercol factory.
Our final prototype utilized a combination of modern tools (CNC routing) and traditional craft techniques (steam bending). 
The full project blog can be found here.

Materials: oak
Role: designer, fabricator
Co-creators: Ed Heritage, Ghaina Sabir Malik
Tutors: Clementine Blakemore, Jack Chivers
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Left: finding inspiration through abstract drawing exercises. Right: a twenty-minute prototype.
Final mechanical drawings, produced by Jack Chivers.
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Left: steam bending legs. Right: a lot of trial and error.
Image of Julia Lemle's chair design
Image of Julia Lemle's chair design
Left: second prototype chair, with foam model of contoured seat. Right: final prototype chair.
Image of Julia Lemle's chair design
Image of Julia Lemle's chair design
Image of Julia Lemle's chair design
The seat was CNC routed to achieve a specific contour.

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