INSPIRED BY WHITE BLOOD CELLS
The Leuk Armchair is a white blood cell (Leukocyte) inspired chair covered in my own novel fabric created with silicone and linen.
The Leuk Armchair is a 9 month, independent project that started with material exploration of microscopic textures and ended with Leuk on display for Drexel University at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, 2017.
Silicone skins started with play & experimentation, then were refined with testing. The form of Leuk was created around an antrhopomorpised leukocyte. The cell grows massive and rises up to cradle the user’s body.
The Silicone skin molds created using: Hand Pattering, Rhino, Grasshopper, Adobe Illustrator & a Laser Cutter.
The final chair is comforting and meditative. Had a bad day? sit in Leuk, pet the sides, let him envelop you in a warm embrace.
“ Helen Burgess, a student at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, didn’t just think about the feeling of the seat when designing her Leuk Chair. She also considered the tactile experience of your hands while seated. It is upholstered with Burgess’ silicone fabric, that’s precisely positioned so the user can sit and pet the sides while lounging. Speaking of protecting the body from foreign invaders, the chair’s shape was inspired by leukocytes, aka white blood cells. Its frame was created by cutting foam on a router and then stacking, carving and sanding it into the desired shape.”
- Design Within Reach
“Silicon and felt merge to create this otherworldly chair by Helen Burgess. Before you touch it, you’re not sure what to expect, but when you finally do, it’s hard to keep your hands off it!”