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June 16, 2011

A low timber chair designed by Chris Hardy, with hidden decorative details.

Oru is a low chair designed by Canberra-based industrial designer, Chris Hardy. Constructed from sustainably managed Tasmanian oak veneer, the chair features two timber pieces held together by a hidden rear junction.

Hardy’s design “draws on the emotion of surprise to intrigue and hopefully delight people that engage with the chair”. Graphic elements (such as the one shown, by Mitchell Whitelaw) can be positioned on the underside of the seat and the rear of the backrest, giving the piece a secret detail that is only glimpsed from certain angles, encouraging the user to interact with the chair.


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