The J3 Chair can be likened to an optical illusion. The top portion of the backrest appears to be floating in midair because there is no lower portion. Semi-backless, the J3 Chair seamlessly attaches the arms to the topmost part to create a visually striking, minimalist piece of furniture.
Designed by Jorge Gonzalez Balleza, Jose Luis Martínez and Juan Marcos Sanchez, all of whom are based in Monterrey, Mexico, the J3 Chair is meant to be used outdoor. It is heavily influenced by the concept of the two major industries in Latin America: the timber industry and metallurgy. The designers write, "The J3 chair incorporates the structural properties of steel with the strength of wood, creating a harmony between the representative matte black metal and different shades of the wood grain of Cumaru, providing support, warmth and comfort."
The J3 Chair is Inspired by Mexican Timber and Metal Industries
1. Semi-backless Seating - Opportunity for designing furniture with visually striking, minimalist designs by exploring semi-backless seating.
2. Incorporating Steel and Wood - Opportunity to create furniture that combines the structural properties of steel with the warmth and comfort of wood.
3. Outdoor Furniture Design - Opportunity to focus on designing furniture specifically for outdoor use.
1. Furniture Manufacturing - Opportunity for furniture manufacturers to embrace semi-backless seating designs and experiment with combining steel and wood.
2. Timber Industry - Opportunity for the timber industry to collaborate with furniture designers to provide different shades of wood grain for visually appealing designs.
3. Metallurgy - Opportunity for metallurgical industry to explore the use of matte black metal in furniture designs for a modern and industrial aesthetic.