Aesthetics is an integral part of any product design – this dictum is aptly followed by the Bodice Rocker, a lounge chair design from SplinterWorks. Contrived as a unique object that fuses both sculptural as well as functional attributes, the design is clearly inspired by the imposition of curvy silhouettes and the element of illusion. The result is an anthropomorphic form defined by suggestive curvaceous lines. These elegantly ‘sensual’ lines also play their part in functionality by ergonomically supporting a person’s body with all the correct pressure points.
This interesting case of duality was actually borne out the Bodice Rocker’s formative stage. The aesthetic component was endowed by Splinter Works founder and artist Matt Withington when he sculpted the piece. On the other hand, its practicality was developed by the studio’s co-founder Miles Hartwell.
In this regard, the overall essence of the Bodice Rocker alludes to an ethereal, weight-less scope that at times seems to defy the effect of gravity. However, on closer inspection, the curved lines coalesce to reveal to us a more familiar profile of a lounge chair with apt undulations.
Coming to the commercial side of affairs, the Bodice Rocker lounge chair can actually be ‘tailored’ to meet the user preference. For example, the lounge chair can be structurally tinkered with, so as to cater to people of different heights.
Moreover, according to the designers, they can customize and change the material of the upholstery (pictured here in white leather) from a wide range of leathers, fabrics and highlight stitching.