Chaircuterie Artist Spotlight


Chaircuterie packs a night of art and entertainment next Thursday, November 13, and we are excited to be the media sponsor of this event featuring 100 unique chair designs from Colorado creatives.

Today, we put a spotlight on one of the chair artists, Open Studio Architecture. We caught up with Principal Blake Mourer who shared with us a peek behind the scenes at their chair design, inspiration, and process:

The basic idea was more about technology than form—we really wanted to explore the digifab (digital fabrication) world a bit, so we first built a very simple chair (left). Once that was understood, we explored a design that we thought would push the technical limits a bit and challenge the engineering of what would ultimately be a two-position lounge chair built of a combination of 3/4” and 1/2” red oak plywood developed in 3D then exported as a build file with the various parts and pieces mapped on a template for CNC cutting. As an office, we then had a sanding party (with lots of beer), to finish each edge of each piece. The final stage is to use a MAPP gas torch to burn every surface of the chair for a pure black finish (below), which will ultimately be rubbed and waxed. The chair will be fully functional as an upright lounge (shown), or folded down to be more like a pool deck chair. The effort was a heavy collaboration of the entire office.

We can’t wait to see the other creations next week at Chaircuterie, which will sup­port AIGA Colorado men­tor­ship pro­gram­ming and the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics, stew­ard of the AIGA Design Archives. Learn more about Chaircuterie artists and buy tickets online


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