The Muskoka chair throw down is on! So you’re here to find out how we did in this friendly competition? We started out with a raw wood kit similar to this one.
And ended up this blueprint adorned chair with a footstool and drink holder made of a pallet.
We placed second! All the submissions were fascinating as you’ll see below.
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Muskoka Chair Challenge: The Winner
Breath Look Dream
The winning chair was this Breathe Look Dream chair which featured a living roof! The canopy used birch wood felled in the ice storm and wood framing from a demolished deck. The plant trays used in the green roof were left over from annuals planted by City of Toronto workers. Best of all, the plant materials in the gutters of the chair were curated to repel mosquitoes: Basil, Rosemary, Citronella, Bee Balm, Marigold, Lavendar and Catmint.
It was stained using elements such as grass, steel wool, carrots, tea, turmeric etc., combined with vinegar and seeped in the mason jars shown below.
The Tensegri Chair boasted a halo water misting unit and a human powered cooling fan (using a crank on the chair arm); all welcome features for those hot and humid Toronto summer days!
Ultimate Super Kick-Ass Outdoor Kooling Appartus Chair
How awesome is this chair-in-progress?
It has it’s own wooden palm-leaf to shade from the sun! Another cooling apparatus chair, this one has a drink cooler and an adjustable canopy shaped like a leaf, It was a real head turner!
Here’s the Solarific chair – which protects from the sun and harnesses its energy too. Along with the solar lights, the pencils decorating the arms absorb the solar rays to produce a glow-in-the-dark effect at night.
I love the message on the seat marked by the words “Your Curious Belongs Here” (an OSC motto).
And this pencil adorned arms! So cute!
The OSC Camp chair sings the praises of summer day camp. OSC has been keeping young minds happy and active in the summer with a week of interactive discovery where kids can make new friends, take part in exciting experiments and embark on unforgettable science adventures! I wish I could’ve gone there when I was a kid!
Although these chairs were designed specifically for the Ontario Science Centre, you could easily adopt some of these ideas to make a chair for your own home; the ideas are endless!
Speaking of endless, there’s a huge variety of experiences for every age to take in at OSC; it is more than a great place for kids! It’s the 50th anniversary this year too, so if you’re ever in the Toronto area (or just haven’t visited for a while), you should definitely check out what’s on at the Ontario Science Centre and drop in! Hubs and I are due for a visit soon ?.
If you missed the original tutorial of our second-place winning chair, here’s the link.
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I love this chair and this post! You are so thoughtfully creative. I love the use of the blueprint and the logo. It’s rewarding making something old new again, and incorporating meaningful themes into the chair. The other chairs you’ve featured are clever and interesting, but I like the practicality of your chair. It’s retained it’s integrity. A year ago I made a small, round table for our home using my dad’s stamp collection. It was emotional building up to the day that I got started (my dad died when I was 9) but I love the table and I’m so happy to have brought the stamps out into the light of day.
Congrats on your second place, well deserved. Truly a beautiful tribute!!! Love how the blueprints peek through the tissue paper.
Thanks – it was exciting to have it go on display to the public!
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