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Archival Studies explores plywood construction with Chair 02

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Chair 02 by Archival Studies in the Mindcraft exhibition

Showcased as part of our Dezeen x The Mindcraft Project 2021 collaboration, Chair 02 shows young Danish studio Archival Studies taking an architectural approach to furniture design.

Archival Studies approached the design of Chair 02 as a project to structurally organise a space — in this case, the human body — and the studio hopes to eventually use the same system on an architectural scale.

Chair 02 by Archival Studies in the Mindcraft exhibition
Archival Studies’ Chair 02 features in The Mindcraft Project 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg

The screw-free chair is entirely made of 12-millimetre pine plywood cut on CNC machines and laminated together into three layers, creating joints along the way.

It is part of the studio’s ongoing series called Furniture Studies, all based on the same material.

Chair 02 by Archival Studies in the Mindcraft exhibition
Chair 02 is part of Furniture Studies, a series made of the same standard pine plywood. Photo by Anders Sune Berg

“We also developed our studio structure in the same system with larger profiles to meet the interior scale, as well as a house structure that has much more substantial framing elements,” said Archival Studies co-founder Jo Qiang.

“This study is aiming to test the system’s performance on different scale environments and use. The interest in using cost-effective materials and the focus on craft also informed our design language to be pragmatic as one of our main guidelines as a design studio.”

Chair 02 cut into plywood panels by Archival Studies
Archival Studies hopes to use the same system on an architectural scale. Photo by Benjamin Lund

Founded in 2018 by Qiang and colleagues Benediktas Burdulis, Emil Roman Frøge and Jesse Yang, Archival Studies have been working their way up in scale, and are now nearing the construction phase on their first house.

Chair 02 was originally made for one of the Copenhagen-based studio’s interiors projects, a fit-out for Japanese restaurant Kōnā.


Dezeen x The Mindcraft Project

The Mindcraft Project is an annual exhibition presented by the Copenhagen Design Agency to bring the best in explorative and experimental Danish design to the world.

The Dezeen x The Mindcraft Project 2021 collaboration showcases the work of 10 innovative designers and studios from the 2021 digital edition of the exhibition via a series of videos. Watch all the videos as we publish them at: www.dezeen.com/the-mindcraft-project-2021.

Dezeen x The Mindcraft Project 2021 is a partnership between Dezeen and Copenhagen Design Agency. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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