Designer: Nic Wallenberg
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Squeeze is a minimalist design created by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Nic Wallenberg. The design is an asymmetric joint that lets straight timber bend. Utilising the unique degree of flexibility that is inherent in Hickory (a popular species of wood for bow making), asymmetrically positioned slots are machined through the thickness of the timber around the frame, the seat and the back.
These slots are then pinched with a total of 5 bolts to create all the ergonomic bends required in a chair – Squeeze offers an low energy alternative to popular high-energy processes for creating bends in wood such as steam bending or press moulding.