Wilsonart Chair

Wilsonart today named Eric MacDonald as the winner of its 2008 Wilsonart® Challenges… student design scholarship competition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). MacDonald’s winning entry adapts a simple shape into new dimensions. Through working with an elevated view of the chair, he created a profile that would become a seat, back and arm rest, while maintaining the identity of the recognizable Wilsonart sample chip shape. MacDonald is a Senior in the Industrial Design Department at California State University, Long Beach. The award-winning entry and four runners-up entries will be displayed during ICFF at the Wilsonart Contract booth 1642.

“Since the goal was to keep the image of the chip recognizable in the chair I quickly became exhausted with pushing, pulling and stretching it into existents…. Pushing it into its third dimension is what gave the chair its life,” said MacDonald. “The negative space of the chip is defined with structure lines, as in architecture, and these lines actually create the image of the chair.”

Designer: Eric MacDonald