Level at Rest
I’m beginning to collect unbuilt chair ideas I’ve developed over the past few years in anticipation of designing a chair to make during my residency at Mildred’s Lane this summer. The chair will be used in new student housing and will be site-generated around parameters outlined in my evolving manifesto. In keeping with the radical frontier spirit of the project, Mildred’s Chair will be a rocker, made entirely of materials from the land surrounding Mildred’s Lane. I’ll also construct a simple field shop where the chair can be made by others in the future, anticipating improvements in the design over time.
The chair above does not resemble the chair I have in mind for the project, but it is a good study of how a rocking chair could function. I call it ‘Level at Rest’, and it grew out of my idea to make a parabolic headrest to amplify evening sounds. The form was inspired by lifeguard stands and lifeboats on the South Jersey shore, with a white-washed upper and a darker base, painted level with the ground when the chair is at rest, like a waterline. I plan to build a small family of these rockers as soon as I can find the right client.