Our second YouGoodsTM product design contest challenged participants to design a product using reclaimed auto parts. Winner Adam Barron, a senior in Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati, created the prototype for this chair from a steel rod frame and seatbelts he collected from a local junkyard.
Adam's winning design was originally a school project, in which he had to incorporate three of five Japanese design principles: humor, craftsmanship, compactness, asymmetry and simplicity.
Modern, unexpected and a lot of fun, the seatbelt chair features a steel rod frame that is bent to form, welded and then powder coated. The seatbelts and buckles are collected from old cars in scrapyards in New York. Each chair features 53 seatbelts.
The seatbelt chair is fabricated to be highly adjustable, with fittings that enable the user to alter the tautness of the vertically oriented seatbelts. The horizontally oriented seatbelts are fastened to the steel frame using metal snaps, meaning they can be removed or rearranged as desired.
Handmade in New York.
Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.
Click here to see how the seatbelt chair is made.