DesignerPages Media
Categories: Contract | HospitalitySeating

Davis Furniture’s Prime Chair Series Creates Friction

Designing a new stacking chair - that is reasonably priced, and for the contract market - is not an easy feat. It needs at least one innovative feature to set it apart from the others. Davis Furniture’s new Prime Chair Series has just that: a ribbed seat to provide a great gripping surface when seated (and of course to look cool too). Beyond that, it manages to incorporate features often eliminated from the “price-sensitive” category.

Prime Chair. Designed by Davis Furniture.

If you’ve ever been seated on a smooth surface in smooth clothing (say silk for example) - you’ve experienced the slippage that can occur: at its worst when rotating, perching or getting in and out. This lack of friction can make for the perceived or actual lack of stability - or worse yet, an embarassing moment. With the Prime Chair Series, ribbed veneer is actually pressed into the surface as the shell is formed.

Visually, the supporting frame exudes lightness and clarity. In actuality, stringent horizontal structures and craftsmanship make for a strong structure fit for large-scale environments such as cafeterias or training rooms - everything from auditoriums to simple side seating. The low density stacking chair features a waterfall front, also known as a forward sloping seat (where the back of the seat is higher than the front edge), ensuring ergonomic comfort and providing for optimum blood circulation during long sitting sessions. Few price-sensitive stacking chairs manage to incorporate this feature. Furthermore, Prime’s sculptured wood frame takes on a concave/convex shape to provide optimal comfort - and the “splayed design of the arms allows the user to sit comfortably because of the slight flex of the chair arms (whose caps are high-impact black rubber).




“Arm or armless, upholstered or not upholstered…Prime expresses the powers of persuasion through clarity of design at the right price…Prime chairs can stack eight high in veneer laminate or six high with upholstery. A cart is also available for easy transportation of the chairs.

Posted January 29th, 2010 by Jenny Rector

Promo Video


Latest from Otto

Thom Filicia, Domino Magazine at the New York Design Center

Domino Magazine will host Thom Filicia at the New ...

HALL Wines Awarded LEED Gold Certification

HALL Wines, a portfolio of wineries and tasting ro...

Society of Architectural Historians Receives Graham Foundation Grant

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) has ...

Design Architect Named for New U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas...

New Book Exposes How Ancient Cultures Used Sound to Influence Architecture

In February of 2014, scholars and pioneers in the ...


Do you have a product you would like to share with us? Submit to 3rings.