paul loebach's PEG chair can be constructed without a drop of glue
paul loebach's PEG chair can be constructed without a drop of glue
jun 26, 2014

paul loebach's PEG chair can be constructed without a drop of glue

paul loebach’s PEG chair can be constructed without a drop of glue
all images courtesy of paul loebach




considering the challenge to ship furniture as compactly and efficiently as possible, paul loebach’s ‘PEG’ chair design has been formulated around the acronym, ‘parts excluding glue.’ machined out of birch wood in eight separate components, the parts of the assembly can tapped into place with a small mallet. as the wood naturally expands and contracts over time the structural joints tighten, creating a sturdy and stable form.

paul loebach peg chair without glue
individual blocks of birch wood during the milling process




originally shown in NYC design week in collaboration with makers anonymous, the chair prototype was made using in-house and custom built CNC routers, showing that the integration of technology does not mean sacrificing craft, but extending it. the company is a multi-faceted brooklyn-based studio blending customized fabrication technology with traditional techniques for product development, prototyping, and limited edition runs.

paul loebach peg chair without glue
peg-in-hole joints allow users to swiftly assemble the product

paul loebach peg chair without glue
joinery detail of a cross-strut in a leg

paul loebach peg chair without glue
the seat can be pushed into place

paul loebach peg chair without glue
the back support is the last piece to be slid into place

paul loebach peg chair without glue
bottom view of the chair exposing its structural components

paul loebach peg chair without glue
back view of PEG

paul loebach peg chair without glue
side view of PEG

paul loebach peg chair without glue
front view of PEG

paul loebach peg chair without glue
joint detail below the seat

paul loebach peg chair without glue
the design within the makers anonymous shop in brooklyn



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • very interesting.. however I´d like to see how it works after using it many times… Chairs are not as static as seems to be. human body is constantly changing his position. 🙂

    luisefe80 says:
  • cool design!
    one thing though: more than 50% of birch material is drilled (= waste) only for the legs.
    The drilled scrap is currently reused by gluing it back together into composite wood materials.
    So if the intent is sustainability and an industrialized, real product, I guess this design should be refined more to reduce scrap wood… and even more glue to be used on later industrial processes.

    a says:

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