Blue Molar Settee by Wendell Castle
by Phillip Euell who is an American designer living and working near Paris, France.
DECEMBER 29, 2012
On his way off to Santa Barbara for the winter with his wife and newborn son, my friend Adrian Rubi-dentzel gave me some of his burgundy chestnut he had left over from the shelves he made for bones.
While i was waiting for some deliveries for my upcoming Le Labo Milan job next month, I started to draw some curves on a piece of plywood, and before I knew it I was off on the long, hard slog that is the process of designing and making a new chair.
It started off with a simple curve and a simple idea: strip a chair down to its essential elements, and reimagine the lines and curves in a new context.
Fresh in my head were the memories I have of Sam Maloof’s workshop in Rancho Cucamunga, CA. I spent a morning there last month watching sam’s guys working on some chairs that were destined for some super-yacht somewhere. i watched as they worked through all the curves and lines, going back and forth between template and rasp. the process is arduous, but the result is sublime.
so, with Sam Maloof in my mind, Adrian’s chestnut and my rasp in hand, I began. Three long days later, a new chair is born.
Tip Ton defines a whole new chair typology: the solid plastic chair with forward-tilt action. Its name refers to the two types of sitting experiences that characterise the chair – from a normal position, Tip Ton can be tilted a few degrees forward where it then stays in place. The innovation behind this seemingly simple feature lies in the skids, which rise at a nine-degree angle. The forward-tilt sitting position, until now the preserve of mechanical office chairs, straightens the pelvis and spine and thus improves circulation to the abdominal and back muscles. Thanks to its striking appearance, Tip Ton is an outstanding dining table or home-office solution; it is also ideal for use in restaurants, conference and meeting spaces and educational institutions.