Revolutionizing Seating: The Pinch Chair by Medium2 Studio

Innovative Design Meets Practicality in this Award-Winning Chair

Medium2 Studio's Pinch Chair, a modern interpretation of the traditional plastic chair, has been awarded the prestigious Silver A' Furniture Design Award in 2023. This article delves into the unique design and practical features that make the Pinch Chair stand out.

The Pinch Chair was inspired by the ubiquity and practicality of plastic chairs in modern life. Medium2 Studio took the prototype of the traditional plastic chair and added a new form factor to make it a better match for modern architecture and design. The chair was designed using a unibody logic, imagining the plastic sheet transforming into a complete chair with simple pinching and pulling moves.

What sets the Pinch Chair apart is its sleek and contemporary design, molded in one piece to complement modern architecture and landscapes. It is stackable for easy storage and can be flipped over onto a table to facilitate cleaning of floors by restaurant staff. This creates a seamless and harmonious appearance, with a visually dynamic and intuitive design that is both stylish and practical.

The Pinch Chair is realized through plastic injection molding, a common method in the production of plastic furniture. The chair measures 549 mm x 558 mm x 822 mm, making it a compact and versatile piece of furniture that can fit into various spaces.

Medium2 Studio's research revealed that many restaurants prefer using plastic chairs for cleaning and maintenance purposes. Restaurant owners expressed a need for stackable chairs that could be temporarily lifted off the ground for cleaning. They also desired chairs with a design that could enhance or complement the interior decoration of their establishments. The Pinch Chair was designed to meet these expectations.

The design process was not without its challenges. Balancing practical needs with a modern aesthetic, while also ensuring the chair was stackable and easy to clean, required finding the perfect balance between form and function. Despite these challenges, Medium2 Studio succeeded in creating a chair that is not only functional and aesthetically pleasing, but also awarded the Silver A' Furniture Design Award in 2023.

In conclusion, the Pinch Chair by Medium2 Studio is a testament to innovative design and practicality. Its unique design and practical features have not only met the needs of modern restaurants but have also earned it recognition in the form of a prestigious design award. This chair is a perfect example of how design can revolutionize everyday objects, making them more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: Chung Ping-Lun
Image Credits: MEDIUM2 STUDIO INC.
Project Team Members: Ping-Lun Chung Yen-Ting Lin Fang-Yu Chen
Project Name: Pinch
Project Client: Chung Ping-Lun

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