While we were in Chicago for the NeoCon show, we visited the 6th annual Guerrilla Truck Show of young artists and furniture designers who exhibit their work inside of moving trucks in the Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago. At the show, we met Trevor O’Neil, who was exhibiting some of his furniture and lighting designs.
It’s inspired by the capital of an Ionic column. Instead of the look of dense stone, I wanted to extract the lines of the form to create a light, spacious and resilient bench in which a person sits in the middle — framed on either side by two big luxurious scrolls.
Made from 1″ thick Baltic birch plywood, the bench’s profile is cut out 18 times with the use of CNC technology. The slices are laminated together for a strong, curvaceous form. The surfaces that reveal the plies are finely sanded, and coated with a high-quality Italian acrylic; the result is a seat that is sensuously smooth to the touch.