Stevedore. A chair made for the hard worker. Inspired by cranes that lift containers off ships in Redhook Brooklyn. Constructed from solid wood, built to last, made with little fuss. The leg joints are integrated into the solid wood seat offering a seamless design doing away with stretchers that are on a typical chair. The concept behind the design came from thinking of a time past, where this Brooklyn neighborhood was a major port in New York City before WWII This was a working class neighborhood many of which were Stevedores, (dock hands) that worked hard loading and unloading vessels for the bustling city. I started to think of honest materials such a solid wood which was abundant in the many docks that once occupied the waterfront. I set out to design a chair that was minimal in design and construction, yet robust to offer resistance to the beatings of use and abuse over time.
The seat is CNC carved from solid edge glued laminations. The seat appears to be much thinner than it actually is. The underside of the seat has a generous chamfer that wraps around the perimeter that makes the legs look like they are floating. Behind the chamfer, there is a modest profile to which the legs are glued to for maximum strength. The topside of the seat is softly shaped for comfort. The seat back is thin bent plywood that has a 3D curvature that flows into the legs for a nice point of surface contact for a strong durable joint