ORCA Chair by GUD Conspiracy

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Appearances can be deceiving, and such is the case with Orca, a chair designed by Paulo Neves and Alexandre Kumagai of GUD Conspiracy. Sculpted from solid oak, the spindly chair creates an illusion of airiness and instability but experience argues otherwise. GUD Conspiracy has produced a number of oak chairs (including “A” Chair, the orthogonal cousin of Orca) that boast good craftsmanship and inventive design. The tapering, curved legs of the chair appear to bow in invitation to its occupant and the slight tilt of the seat beckons in the same manner. And now, the stage is set for Orca’s second act. When viewed in frontal elevation, Orca presents a rectilinear and a vertically symmetrical frame; yet, turning the chair forty-five degrees reveals a different reality. The adjacent legs of the chair vary in thickness such that cross-diagonal legs form a matching pair. A beveled surface gives the chair an upscale charisma and shaves off even more weight and any remainder of heaviness. The chair’s back panel takes flight up with small wingtips, once again contributing to the light look and capricious character of the piece.

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Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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