The Purple Gen chair is constructed of two key storied elements:
Stainless Steel Tubing: As a metal artist I sometimes fabricate parts, devices and or machines for long standing clients. This friend and client has a Co-Generation power plant that converts methane, from a local landfill, into electricity for a local hospital at a much lower financial and ecological cost per Kilowatt. The 8.5″ diameter tubing used in this chair came from one of these projects. I stared at it for weeks while working on other projects. By the time this tube made it to the saw for cutting, the basic design concept was complete. All of the tube segments are welded from the inside leaving the beauty of the seams unobstructed unlike most welded pieces.
Purpleheart: Purpleheart is an oak-like hardwood that turns to a gorgeous rich chocolaty purple color with exposure to UV light (sunlight). The seating elements for this chair are made from this beautiful piece of wood. My friend had this piece in his garage and I would stare at it all the time while we hung out and worked on some of his amazing custom motorcycles. It came from one of his home building projects and said it was fantastically expensive. Through a series of fortunate events I was able to acquire this piece to produce the elements for this chair along with some key elements for the coming work.
Legs: The legs are made of 5/8″ and 3/8″ Stainless Steel rod, organized in a triangulated truss design capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of weight. They are terminated with bearing ball feet and brass acorn nut accents.
Hatch: The hatch is constructed of a 7″ diameter roller bearing outer race with a Stainless Steel mesh insert and finished with a hand turned Purpleheart handle. The hatch hinges smoothly on a Bronze bushing granting access to the inside of the tubing. This adds a storage function to the work. The person that purchases this piece may find something special inside.