Young design student Preston Moeller turned a lot of heads at ICFF during New York Design Week with his colorful rubber band chair. Made from a whopping 65,000 rubber bands, the springy seat was part of the Industrial Designers Society of America’s booth this year, and also earned Moeller the $3,000 first prize in the Appalachian State University’s 6th Annual Chair Design Competition.
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.