2006 / chair frame, plywood, MDF, tennis balls
The Tennis Ball Chair was a re-upholstery project, where I began with an existing frame from a popular line of stacking chairs. Already missing cushions, I modified the frame only slightly to accept four pieces of laser-cut, 1/4" oak plywood over an MDF substrate. The balls are not glued in place; they are trapped between the pieces of plywood merely by variations in the size of the holes. Varying the hole size also allowed contouring of the balls to create a more comfortable seat. There are enough balls (fifty), sufficiently close together, to create a remarkably ergonomic chair.