A living manifesto in ten objects:

#5 Deckchair


Read the manifesto in our first article #1 Armchair.

Summer. Warm. This deckchair has been conceived for two precise situations, but I do not exclude that there may be others. I invite you to discover them. The first one is an evening situation: imagine yourself, sipping a glass of chilled wine, after a long sunny day. I leave you to choose whether alone or in company. I leave you also the privilege to choose the kind of horizon. The second one is a “controra” situation. The controra is a concept from Southern Italy. It identifies a specific moment on a summer evening, i.e. the little pause right in between the end of a dinner and the coffee time. It is a suspended, metaphysical, dead moment. It is a space-time concept in which nothing can happen because everything is doomed to fail in that specific moment. Thus, lay down. Close your eyes. Once you reopen them, you can close the chair, set it apart and get the world around you start again.

A. B. FSC certified fir strips, planed, 20×45 mm thick and variable length. The profiles are available on the market in length of 1 m or 2,5 m and can be bought in any DIY store (e.g., Coopbau, Jumbo, Migros Do It, Bauhaus etc.). With this scheme, you can get the pieces cut on site. Be sure to select the profiles with fewer knots and as straight as possible.
C. FSC certified fir strips, class B. Size:1.8 x 40 x 100 cm.
D. Electric drill/screwdriver.
E.Drywall screws 3.5×35 mm, black (important).
F. Extensible measuring tape.
G. 3mm wood drill bit.
H. Screwdriver; we recommend to use an electric screwdriver.
I. Pencil.
L. Hole drill, ø80 mm.

Mark with the pencil (I) the measures shown on each end of profiles of type A. Place the profile one above the other and drill a hole with the 3 mm wood drill bit (G). We suggest placing a scrap under the profiles while drilling to ensure a cleaner hole.

Repeat these steps for profiles B. That means, drill a hole with the bit (G) at a distance of 38.5 cm from one of the ends of the profile and 1.5 cm from the lateral edge. As suggested before, use the first drilled profile as an example to drill following drills. Besides, it is advisable to place a scrap under the profiles while drilling to avoid damage to the underlying surface and to obtain a cleaner hole.

Screw profile A to one of the ends of two profiles B. Screw another one at 42.5 cm from the base, and another one at 35 cm from the opposite side.

Mark the measures shown in the drawing on one of the panels C. Make a hole with the 3 mm wood drill bit (G) followed by the ø80 hole drill at 68 cm from the base.

Screw the drilled panel at the inside of the previously assembled portal (step IV). The panel has to be placed exactly in the middle, by leaving 1 mm on each side.

Place the second panel C into the frame at a distance of 47 centimetres from the frame. You have just made a joint with the seat of your deck chair.

After you have placed the seat at 47 centimetres from the frame, put the screws into the holes that you previously drilled on profile B (step III). In this way, you create a hinge.

Thanks to this hinge, your deck chair is now a folding chair. You are now ready to get the world around you start again after a very lazy «controra».

Illustration: Antonio Scarponi