This article originally appeared in CityHome 2014.
By FATEEMA SAYANI
The H-Chair started as a university research project focused on customizing the dining environment without touching the surrounding space. The final version resembles a pop-up singular mini booth with a light strip embedded in the headpiece to provide both enclosure and illumination. “I wanted to re-evaluate what the dining chair is,” says Kyle Megill. “It seems to be at this standstill in that it serves the function enough and it’s factory-produced in a way that’s cost-effective.”
The Project: The idea was to incorporate features that normal dining chairs don’t have, such as lighting. The H stands for headspace, acknowledging the arched headpiece that’s designed to block out surrounding noise. The angle of the light is such that it doesn’t bounce off the plate.
The Look: A 53-inch-high back gives the chair a sleek sensibility, while its armless design imparts airiness, despite the top-heavy canopy. The ergonomic design of the lower back was inspired by Knoll’s Generation task chair and accounts for our various movements while dining: slouching after a meal, say, or sitting up and speaking animatedly.
The Path: Megill, 24, grew up in Nepean and graduated from Algonquin College in 2013 with a bachelor of applied arts in interior design.
Recent Achievements: Megill registered his business name and is looking for manufacturers for the H-Chair. He also works as an interior designer at Atkinson Schroeter Design Group in Centretown.
Challenges of the Field: “Restaurants are not going to spend $2,500 on a chair,” Megill says. “If you have 50 chairs, that’s a lot of money.” He needs to get the H-chair on a run to keep it affordable and would love to see it on a high-end manufacturer’s line. “Having a single SKU in the world we live in is only great if you’re selling to the individual homebuyer.”
Coming Up: Megill is working on a series of household items linked by a common storyline.
H-Chair estimated price: $899. kylemegill.com.