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A chair affair May 13, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture.
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chair.jpg  This complicated fold-and-tuck triple chair won the top prize for Nicholette Chan, Andrew Kim and Jean You of Cornell University in the “Chair Affair Competition.”

Take a definition for a chair: “Anything that elevates a user of an undetermined size off the ground comfortably for an extended period of time.” Add cardboard and glue and the theory that waste material is a potentially valuable resource. It’s harder than it may sound.

A complex fold-and-tuck triple chair won the $2,500 top prize in the “Chair Affair Competition” managed by the American Institute of Architecture Students and sponsored by the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. It was among six finalists selected from 176 entries last week in San Antonio during the American Institute of Architects Convention and Design Exposition.

The four-year-old annual competition, which is increasingly interesting and important, encourages students to work in teams or individually, using only corrugated cardboard and glue. This year, the first-place winners were Nicholette Chan, Andrew Kim and Jean You of Cornell University, followed by Cem Sinan Kayatekin of Auburn University in second place ($1,500); Andrew Rudolph and Travis Withers of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in third place ($1,000); and three honorable mentions ($500).

The winners can be viewed at www.aias.org/chairaffair. The finalist chairs will also be on display during July at the National Building Museum in Washington.

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