These chairs started with the idea of creating a piece of furniture, using the steam bending process that reconsidered the way we typically think of a chair. However this project turned into something more after the initial prototyping stage. These wall chairs take up about one half of the footprint of a typical chair, are very portable, and serve populations that often forgotten, the elderly and those recovering from surgery.The US has one of the highest rates of hip and knee placements. As our countries baby boomers get older the rate of the replacements increase. “Hip replacements are expected to increase 174% in the next 20 years, and knee replacements will rise even more -- 673%”
Because the seat is not parallel to the ground it takes little effort to get in and out of and because of its lightweight, it can be moved around a house with ease. The demand for well designed objects and furniture for this population is growing but very few designers are responding. While these wall chairs may not be the ultimate solution, they are a first step in creating beautiful and well-crafted objects for this increasing population.