Tupi Chair, 2014

Tupi is a collection of stackable chairs exploring the potential of hand weaving by mixing different coloured strips woven onto a continous curvelinear structure. The design explores weaving processes from two different cultures: traditional european cane cafe chairs and native Brazilian artifacts. Woven cane chairs became popular in the last century in southern Brazil. These chairs are woven on a flat structure or surface with a consistent material usually natural cane. Procter-Rihl explores this technique further on a continuous flowing frame which generates a new tensioned curving surface. By weaving different colours, a typical solution done by native Brazilian tribes such as the Tupi tribes in Southern Brazil, the pattern distortions are emphasised.
The chair was designed with a very low back support to allow different positions for the user and fit snuggly under a table. The flipped folded down back functions as a handle for this very lightweight chair. Armrests on some chairs are continuation of the rear legs.