Dancing Line Chaise by SOM

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Chaise by SOM

SOM’s Dancing Line, a chaise prototype that reminiscence a person lying on the floor was a project commissioned by the Formica Corporation as part of a group exhibit at Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, Ohio entitled “FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play.”

The Dancing Line was one of the ten commissioned designs by ten international leaders in the field. All pieces were eventually auctioned off to benefit the education and exhibition programming at the CAC.

One requirement for the seating element was that the piece be fabricated using a Formica product. SOM selected white plastic laminate since it is the most recognizable Formica product. The designer investigated the malleable, plastic properties of the material, choosing to express its flexibility by creating an object that explores a series of different radiuses. Since laminate is a finishing material, SOM opted to show its true nature by cladding only the top and bottom surfaces of the lounger, leaving the core substrate, which is made out of plywood, exposed. As a result, the Formica lounger design fully expresses the plastic capabilities of the Formica material.

The microdot texture of the Formica surface prevents slippage on the seat of the lounger, improving the piece’s functionality. The white surface directly explores shade and shadow. Light helps to accentuate the power of the object’s unorthodox geometry.

The 'Dancing Line' chaise has won Spark Awards 2008: Furniture & Outdoor, Residential Category, Silver Award and Design Excellence Award 2008 from American Society of Interior Designers.

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Dancing Line Chaise by SOM
Dancing Line

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