One Good Chair 2009


- andrej blazon
- azul cadenas
- helene cany

View winning design and semi-finalists...


The focus of the competition is the lounge chair or similar casual seating—simple objects to assist the body in repose.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Award, Open, Two-Stage
Genre Furniture
Country United States
RegDeadline 15 June 2009 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
30 June 2009 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Design an original chair that embodies and enhances a particular place, anywhere in the world but one you know and love, even if you don’t live there. We hope to see ideas from across the globe. Your concept might reinterpret local customs or start from scratch, but either way it should stimulate a tangible sense of belonging to its cultural and natural context. Demonstrate visually and verbally how your design springs from local conditions:
- Identity of place
- Regional ecology
- Indigenous materials
- Conservation of resources through form
- Culturally determined notions of comfort
- Social history
How does your design fit—right here? How does it create a good fit between people and place, a good fit for the body, a good fit for the ecosystem?

Lance Hosey (Architect and author)
Marc Alt (Marc Alt + Partners)
Valerie Casey (IDEO, The Designers Accord)
Robert Corser (2008 One Good Chair finalist)
Kira Gould (William McDonough + Partners)
Zem Joaquin (ecofabulous)
Stephen Kieran (KieranTimberlake)
Charlie Lazor (BluDot)
Richard Liddle (Cohda Design)
Pete O'Shea (Siteworks)
Elva Rubio (Bruce Mau Design)
Jill Salisbury (el furniture.)
Nathan Shedroff (design strategist and author, Experience Design)
Susan Szenasy (Metropolis magazine)
Matteo Vercelloni (tudio Matteo Vercelloni)
Micahel Wollaeger (Western Design and Interiors)

Cash awards to be announced.

Prototypes of the finalist entries will be built, pending sponsorship.
Publication and Exhibition

Entry Fee
$50 US
Late registration (after May 31, 2009): for an additional $25 (total of $75)

Digital concepts

Finalists informed, Prototypes fabricated: August 1, 2009
Judging and awards ceremony, Las Vegas Market: Sept. 14–17, 2009

Past winners

Sustainable Furniture Council & World Market Center

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