One Good Chair 2010



Eric Tong
Zpine Lounge Chair

Pitt Berkemeyer & Georg Thesing
The ELXE chair

Baita Design Studio - Helena Bueno & Heinz Muller.
Broom Chair

Juan Mercado
RE_flex chair

Tom Fereday
The Allt chair

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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, Anonymous
Genre Furniture
Country United States
RegDeadline 15 June 2010 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
15 June 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility All

The world of green design is pulled in two directions, for the aim of sustainability has been described alternately as “doing more with less” and “celebrating abundance.” The third annual One Good Chair competition challenges designers to do both.
This year’s theme, “Minimum/Maximum,” embraces the idea that smart design can both preserve natural resources and amplify human delight. We’re not asking you to “balance” or “compromise” these two apparently different aims—we’re pushing you to go as far as you can in both directions at once. Trade-offs are for sissies. How little material can you use to make the most of a chair? How little packaging can you use to reach the most people? Can you design a chair that is almost nothing and almost everything at the same time?
- Material
- Production
- Shipping
- Assembly
- Comfort
- Utility
- Durability
- Beauty

Not yet announced

The competition will pair finalists with fabricators to have a prototype built.
Exhibition and Publication

Entry Fee
$30 (April 1 Deadline to register)
$70 (June 15 Deadline to late register)

A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 images and Narrative brief (Max. 200 words total)

Finalists announced: August 4, 2010
Prototypes are constructed: September 2010 – January 2011
Winner announced, prototypes displayed and celebrated: February 11, 2011

Past winners

Sustainable Furniture Council & World Market Center

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