Furniture design

Caulk Chair is not 3d printed furniture – Then what?

Caulk Chair displays a unique usage of polystyrene material through the caulking method, often used in traditional construction techniques

There are thousands of chairs in various sizes and creative shapes available nowadays. Caulk Chair is another creative interpretation for this furniture piece.

The chairs are made from offcut polystyrene which is carved and assembled into functional forms. A caulking gun is then used to lay beads of rubber sealant traditionally used in construction onto the polystyrene.

Caulk Chair's haphazard patterns
Caulk Chair by Matthew Dasneves – Haphazard patterns formed by caulking technique, resembling a 3d-printed chair

The caulked sealant of the Caulk Chair is both functional and decorative

Structurally, the sealant creates a strong and flexible coating for the polystyrene transforming the chairs into durable furniture and secondly the act of caulking sealant adds a decorative dimension creating a richly textured surface pattern where every movement of the caulk gun is visible like brushstrokes in a painting.

Caulk Chairs are designed intuitively
Caulk Chair by Matthew Dasneves – Designed intuitively to form a natural stone-cut appearance

The project is signed by Cape Town-based architect Matthew Dasneves.

Over the years I have become as intrigued in the process of design as I am in the end product, and so for me the steps taken from an initial thought to the final resolution is of great interest and an important space in which I try as much as I can to creatively explore in order to continually evolve as a designer.” said the designer.


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