A personalized studio stool for Derek Yeung.
Derek Yeung, an Industrial Design student at Georgia Tech, spends many hours sitting on a tall stool working on his computer, sketching by hand, and building design projects. After a few hours, his back begins to hurt and he needs to stretch.
Derek’s original studio stool (above) did not have cushioning or a back support and was uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time.
A customized, cushioned studio stool that supports Derek’s back without restricting his range of motion.
- Design & build a custom chair to specifically form to another person’s body, needs, & wants
- Improve original studio stool that is uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time
- Retain current stool and footrest height
- Make chair comfortable to sit on for long periods of time
- Include back support
After studying Derek’s sitting, sketching, and socializing habits, multiple quick concepts were developed. Ideas focus around a cushioned seat and a supportive backrest.
Noticing that Derek liked to turn sideways in his chair to socialize with friends, I realized that the backrest would prevent Derek from turning. To provide back support and allow Derek to turn freely, I chose to add a lazy Susan turntable in the base of the seat.
Derek liked the idea of a rotating chair and I began building the prototype.
Building & Assembly
To build the complex curvature of the backrest, 1/8″ sheets of flexible plywood were laminated together using an existing chair as a mold. The lazy Susan turntable was installed in the base of the chair to allow uninhibited movement.
Final chair in use:
- Great to sit on while sketching and using the computer
- Comfortable seat and footrest support the body
- Excellent back support allows user to lean back and stretch
- Lazy Susan turntable in base of seat provides full rotation movement
This chair was published in PlyDesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood (and Other Sheet Goods) by Philip Schmidt in 2012 and was used as one of the main marketing images.