How the Branca chair is Made

Branca is inspired by wooden branches that turn, twist, meet and branch off.
The result is comfort to the eye, to the body and to the hand.

Juriaan Booij has created a wonderful video on the creation of the Branca chair, designed by Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility fame.
In the video, Sam shares some of his thoughts and philosophy behind the Branca chair. He goes on to explain that that chairs are different from most objects, as they are designed for the human (or user) residing on the outside. Chairs are unique as the user engages with the product on the inside.
I also found it very mesmerizing to watch the robotic arms of the 8-Axis CnC manufacturing machines dance around the products being made. It is also interesting to see handwork (such as sanding and shaping) along side said CnC machines! Can we call this hand made manufacturing?
Enjoy the video!

  • Gina

    April 6, 2011 at 9:38 am Reply

    A dream come true to check on such production, machinery and quality. To be Europe I guess that is consider Hand made, in CR a human hand would be behind every steep. Should we return to Human work force instead of robots I hope to live enough to see the humans win.
    Regards to all.

  • juan

    April 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Thank you for the video, it seems an Apple one. This is a nice chair, but I think this is a kind of robotic sculpture 9like stone sculpture) with all that wasted wood and energy. I hope they reuse it. I wonder if some processes could be replaced by some steam bent wood and using less parts. Ill start thinking some alternatives for my lack of hi-tech country.

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