The all-wood Nerd chair, designed by David Geckeler, was the winner of the 2012 Muuto Talent Award, and is thus being produced by Muuto, the Copenhagen-based company known for cool, new Nordic designs. German-born Geckeler, who studied industrial design in Berlin and Copenhagen, focuses on furniture, interior, tableware, and lighting. His cites his driving principles, which are apparent in the Nerd, as “simplicity, detail-orientation, and a pinch of courageous design language.” He treats us to his process in this month’s Deconstruction.

Sketching of the Nerd concept

Here’s a cardboard mockup in a 1:1 scale.

Layers of veneer

Carefully working on the bending process.

The vacuumed mould and veneer part

These are the cutout templates for the chair.

We outline the shapes on the veneer.

Working on turning the wooden legs.

Here we see the sanding and finishing of the chair legs.

CNC milled wedges

The chair, deconstructed: components, shells, and legs.

The first union of seat and backrest.

The glued chairs

The first finished prototype

Checking the curved surface.

The finished product, in natural oak