Frei Egidio Chair.

Craft and Joinery


Fabricated at the Rural Studio woodshop in collaboration with Kyra Stark, the Frei Egidio Chair is an interpretation of a design by Lina Bo Bardi. Bo Bardi’s original Frei Egidio chair was designed as an auditorium seat for the Teatro Gregorios de Mattos in 1987, and was built by Baruna Carpentry Company.

The entire chair collapses into one plane for economic storage and transportation. Originally constructed of Arracanga wood indigenous to South America, the chair at Rural Studio is composed of white oak. Following a month of research, the fabrication process was proposed through storyboards, finalized in 1:1 scale watercolor drawings, and recorded through photographs.

A full-scale mock up was completed and tested before beginning the final chair. The work was divided between both team members, and both had a chance to work on every piece. The process began with rough lumber, and every wooden part was crafted, finished, and assembled in the Rural Studio wood shop. The Frei Egidio won the biannual Rural Studio wood-shop chair competition, which considers process, documentation, drawings, function, and finish.


craft, joinery, furniture, design, build


Fall 2017


Henry Savoie, Kyra Stark


Stephen Long




Rural Studio Woodshop


Rural Studio Woodshop  .  First Place

Seamless Exterior

Fasteners, rods, and connections are concealed. Variant with end caps over connection points shown.



The Frei Egidio Chair pivots around a series of rods, collapsing into a storable flat form. The wooden members are spaced with washers, and oiled bearings are embedded into the wood to facilitate silent and seamless movement. Nine polished wooden planes form the bulk of the chair, connected to each other via mortise and tenon joints and embedded/glued pegs.

Final Form

Award winning model photographed in the snow outside of the Rural Studio Woodshop. Variant with expressed hardware shown.

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