The chair takes on a laminated block mass, at first appearing rigid and stiff according to its shape and wooden materiality.
Flexible pieces comprising the chair make for an unexpected user experience.
Each cut was done meticulously by hand on a band saw.

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here begins the description:

facetiously named “the ash cushion,” this chair is comprised of partially laminated strips of ash that are able to flex and move, creating a soft surface that is made surprisingly out of a hardwood.

dutch designer carolien laro developed ‘spring wood,’ a block of wood using a vertical grid of cuts on either side of a solid wood block, in such a way that it is able to bow. after studying the concept i was inspired to create my own way of manipulating wood to have an unconventional function.

i created a flexible wooden cushion by cutting evenly spaced notches into elongated strips of ash, but also leaving a solid surface on the end of each piece to laminate together, allowing the cut tops the freedom to compress. as ash possesses sponge-like qualities, the cuts only enhance the resilient nature of this hardwood species. there are 96 separate flexible pieces in the chair forming a hollow block that stands 19” high and is approximately 12” deep by 17.75” wide. it was important for the chair’s seat to have an elongated rectangular shape so that the user’s hands could interact with the moveable pieces while seated.