Spring Wood, A Line Of Wooden Chairs That Flex When You Sit

Wooden furniture is gorgeous and timeless.  Being hard, flat and rigid, though, wooden chairs rarely make for the most comfortable pieces.  Unless they can bend like these crazy Spring Wood chairs.

Created by designer Carolien Laro, the seating chattels are really made from wood and they will really flex when you sit on them.  It's fascinating.  Oh yeah, they're quite laborious too -- she put in over 600 hours of work to come up with the original functional prototype for the chairs, which she built by hand.

As much as I'd like to say voodoo magic was employed in making the wooden material flexible, it wasn't.  Instead, the Spring Wood's seating top bends down because slits have been cut onto it.  A total of  480 steps are involved in the multiple CNC-milled cuts that have been made on each chair, which forces the erstwhile weight-resistant block to conform to your seated behind.

So far, Carolien has designed four different chairs sporting pliable seats in the collection.  Aside from the original single-piece stool with wheels, she has a model with folded steel legs, another where the seat top is separate from the legs and a three-seater bench.

The Spring Wood chairs have won Carolien the Wood Challenge Prize, as well as nominations for an IMI Award and a DOEN Material Prize.  These aren't currently in stores, but they sure look like they could be ready for primetime.  I do wonder if they're really much more comfortable than regular rigid wooden stools, though.

[via Dezeen]

5 Responses

  1. Alex G.

    Wow, that is such a cool product to have in your house. I would definitely pay the extra pile of cash for such an innovative furniture collection. It is so true that wooden furniture isn’t quite the best way to treat one’s backside, but I guess that is a thing of the past now. Three cheers to the flexible wooden chairs. I am awaiting their commercial launch.

  2. o' Larry

    Quite remarkable, really! I mean flexibility isn’t something I generally associate with my wooden chairs and benches. The cuts and curves of these swanky chairs are definitely impressive. As to whether they are any different in comfort from their conventional counterparts is something that only time will tell. For now though, this product does deserve a round of applause.

  3. Andrew

    First time I saw these pictures, I was blown away with the creamy aesthetics of these wonderful little chairs, and of course the three seater bench as well. No wonder there is a professional designer behind the concept. And 600 hours! My God, that is some effort. Carolien Laro, take a bow.

  4. M. Mraz

    I am in awe of the soothing and sleek zig-zag cuts of these Spring Wood chairs. Though the price would
    definitely be something quite incomparably large to the usual wooden furniture, but house décor freaks
    would still be more than happy to pay for these futuristic chairs.

  5. P. Andre

    Hmm. What’s in store for people like me, who are not particularly well endowed with good body build! I mean, does this chair adjust itself even with children, who obviously weigh less. Would like to know more about the sensitivity of Spring Wood furniture. That said, it remains one of the COOLEST thing I have read about lately.


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