Daylight Saving is a 2013 seating collection designed and made by Vancouver-based industrial designer Henry Sun. The series is informed by an interest in the inherent form of a chair, which essentially can always be described as a surface that supports the body and a frame that elevates that surface. Daylight Saving collection arises from a desire to unify these two fundamental elements, through the focus upon the points of transition between planes, as well as the interactions between materials and the inherent tensions therein. Here the emphasis is put upon the solid beech frame, which performs the majority of the functional attributes of the chair, while the string is used more as a drawing in space, to connect both sides of the frame together, creating the seating surface which fulfills the purpose of the entire structure.
The material exploration for this collection is primarily concerned with the aesthetics related to solid wood. One aspect is the emphasis on joinery. Structures that are made of solid wood are constructed in pieces and held together by a variety of joinery techniques. Naturally, joinery became a channel for exhibiting the creator’s ingenuity and craftsmanship, which was often considered to be a distinct feature of the work, if not the highlight. On the other hand, designing with solid wood is essentially a process of extracting forms by removing material. The advantages and the limitations of this method of extraction are directly related to the overall aesthetic of solid wood products. One of my goals for this collection has been to achieve a kind of visual fluidity by applying curves to transition points between planes. The intention has been to generate a sensation of simple coherence through the integral relation of the parts to the whole.