2010 / pallet wood, cardboard tubes, hardware
The 20KRKR grew out of the 20K House 9.0, an annual research project of the Rural Studio for developing affordable single family housing in the rural American south.
20K 9.0 was finished in June, 2010. The client, MacArthur Coach, was also in need of some furniture for his new porch. Having never built a rocking chair before, I decided to tackle this vernacular form with updated materials and a modern approach. The arms, legs, and rocker form a continuous loop on each side of the chair, constructed from poplar that was recycled from pallet wood from the construction process. Some spare 2" x 4"s became the sides of the chair, and the seating surface was constructed from the cardboard tubes at the center of the rolls of paper that feed the plotters on which we printed our construction drawings.
The materials of the 20KRKR form a closed conceptual loop -- recycled by-products from construction itself, as well as the by-products created by the design process. The form is wide, to accommodate Mac, a big man; and lower to the ground, with an comfortable recline, to maintain comfort for long sessions of porch sitting.