Preston Moeller, a senior in Industrial/Product design at Appalachian State University (ASU), USA, constructed a chair made from 65,000 rubber bands.
The Rubber Band Chair won the first prize in the 6th annual Chair Design competition at ASU, and was exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) 2011 in New York.
Moeller said he put in approximately 336 hours of work to produce it. He used steel rods and pipe insulation for the frame around which he wrapped the rubber bands, to create a colourful chair.
He said the chair uses the natural quality of rubber bands to make something that is comfortable looking and feeling.
Moeller was inspired by the design of a rubber band ball to create it. “The chair is made to look and feel like it is one hundred percent rubber bands. It pushes the thought of what a rubber band is meant to do,” he said.
According to Moeller, the back is made from rubber bands weaved within themselves to create a springy sitting area that softly holds the user. The form mimics the pull the rubber bands would achieve as they pull on themselves.
“Though it may look like it is all for fun it also happens to be very comfortable. I hope to push the use of materials with my rubber band chair and push its abilities to the edge,” he added.