Tangle Chair

The brief for this project was to design a chair for a teenager using free materials. It was important that the final piece was something that a young person would want to have in their room, and it had to be pretty robust too! We wanted to make a self-supporting structure which required no adhesives, binds or other joining devices and we wanted to use just the one material.

A local dry-cleaners donated a batch of white wire coat-hangers so we set to work. We didn’t know if the hangers would be strong enough to support a person and we thought that it might be necessary to weld the chair at strategic pressure points, however it soon became clear that as the hangers were entangled the resulting structure was more than strong enough.

Tangle Chair

The form of the chair was pretty much dictated by the material – for instance it was not particularly easy to produce straight edges or angles, so simply by using our hands and a rubber mallet we were able to bend the hangers to produce a bulbous, curved shape. The skeletal quality of the piece creates a very interesting texture and we particularly like how the material produces its own irregular pattern with lots of negative space.

Tangle Chair

The chair itself is quite comfortable – it has a ‘spring’ to it which is a result of the construction – welding the hangers would have produced a very rigid form, however, as the chair is supported purely by its own tension, the chair ‘gives’ a little when sat on.

The hollow base also allows lots of space for clothes to be stored before they make it to the wardrobe or laundry basket – perfect for any teenagers room!

Tangle Chair

Tangle chair constructed from approximately 400 wire coat-hangers, a rubber mallet and two sore hands.

Tangle Chair

Tangle Chair

Tangle Chair

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