The XO Chair by Workshopped is refined to a minimum of components, materials and elements. The design was originally developed through extensive research and community focus group sessions for a new cancer support centre in Northern Tasmania. The focus sessions outlined a number of requirements – stability, access, weight, support and comfort, which combined informs the structural and aesthetic qualities. The XO Chair gains its name from the timber frame that extends vertically beyond the seating plane, creating an ‘exoskeleton’.
Materials were selected for their availability and suitability. The frame and structure make use of standard Tasmanian-Oak timber sections, maximising the material recovery, while forming a strong, lightweight and elegant structure. With the upholstery in a full aniline leather, the materials will age with a graceful patina, to create an object with history and inherent beauty.