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Tank Chair by j-michael Tank Chair by j-michael
I built this chair last semester. Inspired by working at an equipment rental store. It is what I feel to be the strongest (design wise) piece I have made.
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Given 2006-01-17
Tank Chair by ~j-michael is an interestingly clean design with unusual inspiration. A great edition to Artisan Crafts! ( Suggested by inchworm and Featured by ohnojaylo )
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gabitzadesign Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
very cool
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messiah-of-death Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
ohh i wants, make me one, lol, or sell it to ikea, lol
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JTonks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
What a unique design. you know what would make it even better? make it powered so u can steer your way around while relaxing
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SubZenyth Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Student
Awesome concept! I worked for a furniture company for a while, but everything we made was very rigid and traditional. I love this idea of something kinetic, but not obnoxiously so.
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skinkwarrior Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
seems like sitting in that chair would be a futile effort
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional
This is so bazar. I love it
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Shikamarugirl7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
oh wow, this is really interesting, may I use this in a collage if I credit you
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Nomad600 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Awsome!
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me-is-morn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
umm, if u move it, and someones sitting on it, wouldnt the person get rolled of?forwards, cause theres nothing to keep them 'upright'
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Jenzay Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Ooh, neat chair! I want one~ :D Great job, :+fav:
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flytape8490 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Is it comfortable?
It looks it...
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dtbsz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
kewl :o
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wilsoninc Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
amazing! :D i love it! :D i like when people can do things with hands more than pc works :D
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j-michael Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
I messed up a little on that post.

Okay, to expound upon that everything I make is fully functional. I design and build furniture. It is there first to serve a purpose and then to look good.

2. Is it full size? Is it too narrow?
It is full size. It is slightly narrower than I had originally planned, but it is still slightly wider than the average chair. It is 18 inches wide. The average dining chair is 15-16. I find the chair shokingly comfortable. The day I finished it I actually took a nap in it. It is a little short under your legs, but at a seat height of 14 inches, your legs still support most of the weight of your thighs. I am 6'2" and the only people who have found it uncomfortable are under 5' 4" or so.

3. Does it get dirty when you "Drive it"?
I never intended it to be pushed any great distance. The way it moves is more like a wierd rocking chair, when you sit in it you can rock back and forth/up and down about 6 inches.

4. Production? For sale?
I do hope to one day produce these is small batches (less than 20), I don't feel though that it is quite at that level yet. I will be making another one for sure. The design will change to allow more use of off the shelf parts. As it is the chair takes about 120-140 hours to make. That means the price would be over 4000 dollars. Expect to see some 3-d renderings within the next month of the new design. I also want to work on the ergonomics to make it more of a universal fit. On a side note, If you seriously want wall, get a hold of me.

I will end with once again another thank you to all of you for all the compliments.
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j-michael Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
Thanks to all of you and to Deviant Art for the DD. I'm personally shocked at the response this chair has receieved. To answer the few questions that I remember.

1. How is it "linked" together?
The slats all have holes through them through which I ran aircraft cable. The chair will easily support any single person. To expound
upon this
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
It looks comfortable, but is it small? Minature? So you can't sit on it?
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:iconbrda:
brda Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
That's awesome! Looks so comfy :D
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pinkandyellow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Student
I saw this last night and had to come back to tell you how great it is as it looks so cool.
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augustc4 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
so what's the verdict, how does it feel when you take a seat?
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one-relic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Like a chair with wooden slats... duh August... rofl
Naw, I'm like you, I'm wondering what the comfort level is. Seems like it'd be a killer chair to sit and relax in whilst working on my laptop.
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augustc4 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
I've sat in similar chairs and they RULED, but this design is quite a bit different :D
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KumikoEharu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Does it really move? Cuz, that would so rock.... I would so buy one. Nice job and very inventive ^_^!
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Plagueish Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Now, to design one that is Reclinable! That Chair could very easily be turned into a Recliner.
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-ultima- Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
i want one. with a motor.
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:iconayokaeu:
ayokaeu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Nice nice. ^^

Looks so clean.
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Mikau-010 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
now you just need to motorize it
;P
love the chair

later

Michael

ps
don't you just love getting seventy comments that all say the same things and ask the same questions?
take care and keep it up.
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the-missing Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
tell me when you start to market it... i know a bunch of army guys who would want one... lol... good job
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naiadgirl1012 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006   Photographer
o.o That is the coolest chair I've ever laid eyes on. -wants it-

You have such originality!
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Tridelvior Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
oooh i want one
awesome idea
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OftenK Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006   Digital Artist
Neat design. Looks pretty comfy, too!
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napster4every1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
This is an excellent concept and the execution is brilliant. Too bad I'm only 5'5" - I'm probably too short to push the chair easily. Is it a comfortable chair?

Would you ever consider selling it? I mean in general, not specifically to me.
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EXILEDPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
When will it be on the Market :D

How about adding a handle to the top rear tlike a stroller, and track guides.
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areml Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Photographer
i love the industrial design. look comfy too.
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poothos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this chair is absolutely brilliant. you should market 'em and sell 'em. *nods* easy to move and stuff. +Fav
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tedwardo24 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
this is really awesome! is this a photo or 3d rendering?
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jon129ca Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Magnificent creation, looked so surreal and somewhat humorous that i thought it had to be a digital creation. The fact that it is a handmade "real" work makes it all the better.
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MolotovRuss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
That is so fucking cool, is it functional?
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h3nkku Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006   Photographer
does it work? doesn't it get dirty when you "drive" with it?
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EXILEDPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Is your carpet that dirty?
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h3nkku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006   Photographer
no, but it looked like an outdoor chair :D apparently it isnt...
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lucky-tweak Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Wow, thats wonderful. Well done.
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raevynwulf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
I absolutely love this chair. Not only does the concept blow me away, but it looks very well done.
However, you might want to crop this photo slightly - both sides have a bit of "something" in them.
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DrSmiles Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Wow, this is awesome. If I had the space in my cramped place, I'd buy one. A tip: you mass-produce these, and you sell these. Now. :)

Awesome to see an artisan craft as a DD!
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gensanity Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wow thats fantastic!

i want one
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:iconikhon:
ikhon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Photographer
swell design.
but does it roll?
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BelleButters Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very cool and simple. how much weight does it hold? and if you're an architecture student, you should enter your design into the next AIAS Chair Affair competition. Should be rolling around in March. My boyfriend entered last year and placed 3rd, the only undergrad to place. [link]
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Pitel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Great idea! :+fav:
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csharpmajor Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
That has got to be the greatest chair ever. I don't think you could even buy something like this at IKEA (and that is the highest compliment I can think of for a piece of furniture ;)). I waaaant of those.
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orphen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
that is a really great design and the DD is well deserved for it.
this chair must be a nice thing when the little sister is napping in it and you can just roll her off ;)
how heavy is it?
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clan-destine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
woah, that is awesome
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