problem faced : The community centers of Toronto have a wide range of different second-hand chairs. The problem is that these chairs don’t stack together, they are heavy, and are sometimes rusty and infected with bugs. It makes it difficult for the cleaning staff to store them or put them on tables while cleaning the floor. The idea behind the community chair is to design a simple chair made in Canada that will answer these issues and be assembled at the community center by the homeless in exchange of a salary.
how and why problem is solved : I helped FIG40 to develop the chair and produce the first batch of this community project. The chair is made of a single die cut wooden shell bolted to a metal frame structure, essentially making the chair out of only two elements, making it simple and light. Wood was chosen as the main material because it gave reassurance and comfort to the homeless. We noticed during our visits to the centers that plastic chairs were often neglected in favour of older wooden chairs. The beech veneer shells come from Québec and the metal frames are produced in Ontario. The chair has solid stability, is stackable, and possesses soft corners and edges. This project helps to the rehabilitation of the homeless re-integrate into society by generating revenue for them, as the chair is sold to the public.