My chair tells a story of change. When I began design school at Portfolio Center, I was going through a period of major life changes, and I was a bit resistant to it. Moving into the unknown was scary—and although I knew the changes were inevitable, I found myself wishing I could go back in time and stay in my comfort zone. Then it hit me: life is constantly changing. In fact, change is one of the only true constants in life. So instead of being resistant to change and clinging to the comfort of the past, I realized I needed to accept and appreciate the present moment. It too, is impermanent.
I designed the seat of the chair to be supported by a delta, the symbol of change. It represents the one thing common in all of our lives. The frame of the chair represents the cyclical journey of life. Highs and lows are bridged together by change, and loosely allude to the infinity symbol. The cushion is there to provide comfort through change, because no matter how strong we are, its nice to have support through the transition. Finally, the three dots on either side of the chair represent the three sets of people who have been constant in my life: my grandparents, my parents, and my brother and sister. Remembering that they are always with me, physically or in spirit, helps me to better embrace my journey.
CHAIR: EMBRACING CHANGE
Design: Christy Errico
Carpentry: Doug Turner
Chair design chosen to be published in the book “Design School Confidential” by Steven Heller and chosen for the exhibits “The Art of the Chair: Made in Thought” held at Design Within Reach, 2008 and “Stories in Form: Chair Design by Portfolio Center” at Museum of Design Atlanta, 2012.