I was prompted to create a chair inspired by nature in 3 weeks.
This chair was inspired by an isopod, or deep-sea crustacean. It was inspired not only in form but also in the fragmentation and segmentation of the chair parts. The intention was to make the chair comfortable, large, and encompassing the whole body. I researched Nature Lab objects such as shark jaws, impala horns, and an isopod, and I chose the isopod due to its intriguing and complex form and structure, which I found would challenge me. The design was initially made out of cylinders in the proof-of-concept and it then evolved to be strong horizontal and vertical lines without glue. The perpendicular lines go over the shoulder, chest, bottom, knee division, lower leg, and foot division, with each line corresponding to a particular body segment. 
(1) I sketched some form studies of the isopod chair concept and translated the structure into a chair by analyzing possible functions and extensions in different views.
(2) Creating measurements for the segmentation of the chair, over the shoulder, chest, bottom, knee division, lower leg, and foot division, with exact measurements based on limitations of cardboard size. Different views and measurements including proportions.
(3) Proof-of-concept using cylinder-like bases glued together in different divisions. Later, I tested a different method to glue the divisions together with a right and left side pattern that was more efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
(4) Small-scale tests of how the parts and divisions would fit together.
(5) 1/4 Scale Model made using chipboard. The place where the bottom rests was rather strong in this smaller-scale model yet when made in the full scale it was not able to handle the pressure, sparking a redesign.
(6) Full-scale blueprint with divisions to be made in cardboard.
(7) Front view full-scale blueprint to determine proportions.
(8) Parts with divisions based on blueprint cut up and divided into various pieces to be glued later on.
(9) The gluing process was hard work and took a long time, but I learned to have patience while gluing the cut-up pieces in their place.
(10) Given the issue with the pressure applied at the bottom part, I designed an extra support structure to fit into that part as a reinforcement that could handle the pressure.
(11) I used tacky glue during the gluing process.
(12) Final product: an isopod-inspired chair.
- Exploiting cardboard's properties and using the boxcutter knife to score, define, and cut
- Using a combination of gluing methods for different material properties
- Conceptualization and making a visualizations a reality
- Adaptation and perseverance to solve issues
- Prototyping processes and refinement

If I were to take it further:
- Add additional reinforcement
- Add even more evident cuddling arms similar to an isopod
- Spray paint the cardboard with a specific limited palette for aesthetic design
- Use paper glue for all the parts

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