I agree number one is striking with it's sweeping curves.I can see how the second one would be more comfortable, but I really liked the first one. If people thought it was uncomfortable, then just have to suck it up in exchange for the beauty. Sometimes, function must follow form!
You’re right I used the seat & back slat form for the arm, but it didn’t work out for legs. I tried a portion of the original but didn’t work out. So I made a new form, no big deal really.I agree number one is striking with it's sweeping curves.
I think making all the laminations is just a tremendous amount of work and to redo the arm form and make new was probably not in the cards.
In version number two, I think I see where the same form could be used to make both the arms and the front legs .... if that isn't already the case?
If I were going to redo the first one, I would greatly decrease the radius bend at the front making it much tighter to allow a longer arm support.
But I understand why he chose not to do that, just too much work.