The chair is a challenging furniture form and this course is devoted to examining, dissecting, designing and making one based on your own original concept. This semester we are fortunate to have the sponsorship of Wilsonart Laminate which will provide students with free materials from their vast product line. A team from Wilsonart will select from the projects completed at the end of the semester and take the winning design and its builder to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City in the Spring of 2012. A $1000 scholarship will also be awarded to the winner and several runner-up chairs will additionally be included in the show. Many advanced woodworking techniques will be covered as we address the unique methods of construction used in frame, volumetric, and planar seating. Students will be expected to develop conceptual ideas and the strategies to express them through one or more of these techniques with their final completed chair.