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This year’s competition was themed “Sitting on the Edge,” and encouraged students to use nontraditional materials and disregard preconceived notions of chair design, pushing them to think outside the box. Moeller’s rainbow chair accomplished this task with flying colors, using common pipe and steel as the base, and rubber bands as fabric.

Using a rubber band ball as inspiration, Moeller’s chair incorporated a criss cross aesthetic in its design. The 65,000 rubber bands make the chair seem as if it is made totally of rubber, with the support pipes hidden underneath. The result is a quirky chair that is part cartoon mixed with an element of traditional craft.

Color and quirk aside, the springy chair is also incredibly comfortable, with each rubber band form fitting and cradling the user’s body with support.

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