A Chair for Dr Seuss

Brief: Design and build a chair for the client of my choice, as part of Elizabeth English's Structural Design and Build course at the University of Waterloo. I chose Dr Seuss and worked alone.

November 2013
Arch 365
Industrial Design
Come Up To My Room 2013 Judge's Selection, Year-End Exhibition 2014

“…so be sure when you step, step with care and great tact
and remember that life’s a great balancing act.”
-Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

The Manifesto

Oh, the places you’ll sit, where there’s fun to be had,
Conversations, and laughing, and sit-downs with Dad.
You need somewhere to sit, take a load off your back:
Four long pieces of wood, plus two more in your pack.
They all piece together, and they make quite a sight,
But when you start sitting, something feels not quite right…

So be sure when you sit, sit with care and great tact
And remember that life’s a great balancing act.
It’s not so hard, it really is not,

To sit right here, right here on this spot
Except when you lean a bit far behind,

The seat you’re seated on won’t be so kind.

But you’ll unlean yourself, I am sure that you will,
Because if you do not, you’re sure in for a thrill!
A bit to the left, now back to the right,
You’re just about there, you are almost quite.
You’ve got it! You’ve done it! You are perfectly just!
You’re ready for anything! A stool you can trust!

But there’s more places to sit, there’s more fun to be had.
Debates and discussions and just looking not bad.
You’ll need somewhere to sit, so get packing your pack:
Two round pieces of wood, plus four more on your back.
They’re all independent, yes they are at first sight,
But they work together, to make something just right.

The Sketches


The Construction

The Book

The Chair