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Walter Barda designed the Torso chair after being influenced by the smooth lines of watercolour paintings. The Torso chair is made through the technique of steam bending woodworking where strips of wood are steam heated using a steam box.
The applied heat and moisture makes the wood pliable enough to easily bend around a former to create a specific shape. The moulding process is usually done by clamping the strips of wood to a positive form, with the strips of wood often reinforced on the outside with a metal band to prevent blowout. The method has been used in the manufacturing of a diverse range of products, some examples being wooden boat building.