Look at this amazing (well, mildly amazing anyway) funky throne of a chair! You could totally make this out of 1" finish grade plywood. Maybe you wouldn't even need finish grade if you see how the model has a sort of wood-colored distressed paint finish, which is good, since I have a good chairs worth of the latter laying around the garage. Of course, since symmetry is Important, one would have to make two. This one might put this on her 2013 to do list.