Company: Dennis Abalos Designs
Exhibit Name: Snug
Design Intent: The Snug chair was first conceived in my majo r project for my Furniture Design Major at the University of Technology , Sydney . The intent was to design a comfortable, low sitting, durable leisure chair for the home and social spaces such as cafes, clubs and bars. Inspired by the essence and form of the iconic bean bag, combined with flexible slats that moulded to a users body contour, the design was achieved. The form was not only designed to be ergonomically comfortable but also to present a flamboyant and funky flair in any space it occupied. Using pearlescent paints for the external finish gave the Snug a unique and striking aesthetic different from everyday chairs.
Description: The Snug chair is handmade in lacquered thick fibreglass to create an interesting form and sculptural figure.
It provides flexible low comfort seating as slats that flow out from the sides flex in the seat and backrest area, to follow the body contours of each user. The use of pearlescent white, lilac and baby blue paints on the exterior and red orange on the interior give the Snug a unique gloss finish from everyday chairs. The Snug can be used for many applications whether playing computer games, watching movies or entertaining friends, the Snug fits right into your lifestyle to suit your needs.
Production: Currently in a prototype stage, the design production process was initially intended to be rotational moulding polyethylene. However custom-made fibreglass Snug chairs can be made upon request, in low volume production.
It is my hope in the future to link with a manufacturer to assist in the process of mass production of the Snug.
Future custom-made versions of the Snug chair will encompass a variety of different pearlescent colours and materials such as carbon fibre.
Market: The potential market for the Snug chair is 'home lifestyle'. It can also be utilized in social spaces such as clubs and bars, or corporate interiors.
You should know: My personal design philosophy is simply to use design as a tool to better the world regardless of how small or large my contribution. My objective as a furniture and industrial designer is to enhance and improve products and furniture to enrich and enhance people's lives and their everyday experiences. I want to be a part of enhancing the reputation and quality of Australian Furniture and Industrial Design throughout the world.