Client: David Edward for Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Florida
Project: Updated the design of the Mayo Jax Chair to make it more contemporary.
In the mid eighties, the Mayo Clinic hired David Edward to design and build custom chairs for their waiting rooms. These chairs had to be sturdy, durable, easy to clean, yet incredibly comfortable. The Mayo North Chair was comprised of two parallel arm constructions, with a fully upholstered seat buck sandwiched in between.
By 2006, after almost twenty years of use, the Mayo North chairs were still in great condition, but looked outdated. Mayo decided it was time for a new chair- one that looked similar to their old chairs and performed the same way, but looked fresh. Since their budget was fairly tight, we suggested that they keep but reupholster the seatbucks, which continued to function superbly, and design new arm constructions to update the chair.
I developed an arm construction with arm cap using soft curves to mimic the radiused edges of the Mayo North seat buck. This new construction bolted in to the seatbuck at the same points as the Mayo North arm. The Mayo Jax chairs were installed at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida in 2007.