This Chair Is Inspired By the Way Architects Draw Floor Plans

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If you've ever spent any time staring at building floor plans, this chair may look familiar. That's because it's inspired by the way architects draw chairs in their plan-view drawings.

These chairs, called Satellite, are the brainchild of Richard Hutten—himself no stranger to drawing inspiration from the technical world. It's a simple, circular swivel chair supported by three solid steel legs, that features an upholstered seat and back and a side table that orbits 180 degrees, making it work equally well for left- and right-handed sitters.

The chair was designed for Offecct at Stockholm 2015. Hutten explained to Dezeen where his inspiration came from:

"Architects always draw circles very fast to indicate where to position chairs on their floor plans. I thought that was a nice gesture, so I drew a circle and said that it should be the top view of the chair. To me the circle is the most elegant form, there are no bulky sides and it can go in all directions, which means it's never out of place."

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You can see that design in full effect in the image below. The chair will be on show at the Stockholm Furniture Fair from 3rd to 7th February. There's currently no word on commercial availability or pricing. [Dezeen]

Illustration for article titled This Chair Is Inspired By the Way Architects Draw Floor Plans

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georjeann1
georjeann1

As an Architect I can tell you that both, the design approach and the generic view / affirmation of how the creative process of an Architect is like is completely wrong.

"Architects always draw circles very fast to indicate where to position chairs on their floor plans..." Really? Nobody I know or even me have ever done such thing.

"To me the circle is the most elegant form, there are no bulky sides and it can go in all directions, which means it's never out of place." Well, have you ever asked an Architect about rounded furniture in an orthogonal space? this responds to the need of studying the circulation areas around the furniture, basically to establish the usable area for that specific chair or table, not that it needs to be circular. Once the limits for the interior design are established, we can guarantee that circulation in that space will be appropriate.

Not that I don't like the final product, but the idea that driven the design was a complete misconception of an Architect's intention, if any.