Over The Top

Nesting Chairs

Statement: The OTT (Over the Top) nesting chair set is a literal and symbolic family. Functionally, the set is free of arranging which can be easily “stacked” for cleaning and space-saving. Various dimensions of each chair accommodate different body sizes in a family. When standing independently, the size variation of the chairs makes them appear to be a family as well, namely “daddy”, “mommy”, “baby”, and “cat”. As a piece of one-off sculptural furniture, it is a conversational piece that also promotes the conversation time with family and friends.

The set is made of maple plywood using a CNC routing process, where 17 sheet plywood panels are cut out to profile and laminated together to form the volume. The sides are then grinded and sanded into a sculptural shape. Felt feet and carved grips are finally added to add usability to the design. Four maple leaf color accent stripes on each chair indicate personalities of the “family members” and also conveys the designer’s nostalgia for Canada.