Affectual Chair by Shawn Weiland
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The Affectual chair by Shawn Weiland explores relationships between materials, the objects and its user and also between people.

Therefore, the design of Affectual was thoughtfully developed after exploring these relationships. First, the materials: Weiland carefully considered the grain of wood and how it bends with and against the grain. The stainless steel base was created as a structural element and therefore was made from a dominating single line that goes in and out of the seat. I am not often a fan of wood chairs with metal legs, but I like the contrast here between warm and cold. Moreover, the designer explains that the simple design of the chair was made to remove any focus from decoration to focus on function. “Using the minimalist philosophy of reduction to the point where there are no external signifiers, the user must project themselves into the design in order to discover with the chair, promulgating the emotive and experiential qualities that the design creates.”

In addition, Affectual’s legs can be changes to adapt to the situation of dining or lounging — the disassembly allows for easy even storage and transportation.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.