Here is a new exciting Kickstarter campaign that has arrived just in time for warm weather and outdoor fun. Leano, half picnic mat, half lounging chair, all awesome. This instant portable seat is cleverly designed from waterproof fabric and wooden frame. The backrest is created via two wooden pegs, and your own bum acts as a counterweight. Brilliant and simple. The piece is lightweight enough to carry around, so, whenever you find yourself in a picturesque outdoor location, you can roll Leano out, pull the backrest up, and start lounging. Like a boss. Available for purchase through Kickstarter.
This super small folding chair has been created by the young Polish designer Pawel Kochanski. Inspired by the compactness of the carry-on luggage, the chair is tri-folded to meet the dimensions. Here is how Pawel describes his idea:
“Main concept was to create a folding chair which size will meet hand luggage dimensions restrictions that are common for most of the airlines. Object after folding was supposed not to exceed dimensions 55x40x20 cm. To meet these requirements and at the same time make useful and comfortable chair, a lot of case studies were done. Developed way of folding may seem to be complex at first sight, but in fact it’s really easy and simple. Chair is rather light thanks to chosen materials and has a string which could be used to carry it like a bag. Mobility was also one of the issues for creating this chair.”
I also like the fact that this space-saving design doesn’t compromise function. Both the seat and the backrest are wide enough for support and the angle between them allows comfortable lounging.
Steps chair by Norwegian company Stokke is designed to adapt to the child’s growth, step by step (hence the name). This modular system will accomodate a baby of 3 to 10 years of age. It can be transformed from a bouncer into a child’s char and everything in between. The piece is made from solid beechwood and PPC-PA, it comes in a variety of colors.
This innovative cabinet has been created by Uruguayan industrial designer Claudio Sibille. The piece merges storage with seating in one compact solution. Brilliant for studio apartments where space is of the essence. Available for purchase here.
(thank you, Heiner)
This hybrid between a chair and stepladder is so simple and clever – I wish I had thought of it. Designed by Maarten Olden for Altrex, it is perfect for a small space. It’s attractive, utilitarian and it folds flat. Here is how designer describes it: “Usit originated in the desire to create a stepladder that fits into a contemporary interior. Today’s stepladders often look too utilitarian, and they are quickly returned to storage after being used. Although it is collapsible, the Usit doesn’t have to be packed away.” The two-step version of Usit can be used as a seat, the three-step version as a high stool. Watch the video after the break to see the piece in action.
Bulgaria based designer Volen Valentinov created this low key multifuntional piece, called Ted Bed. The item can be easily transformed from a chair to ottoman, mini-couch, armchair and a bed. All done by simply folding and securing the piece in each position. A perfect contender for a dorm or small apartment. Ted Bed is a sustainable piece of furniture made from recycled materials.
(via the mag)
The Acapulco chair is an iconic piece, inspired by a Mayan hammock. It was designed in the 50s. The legend has it that a French tourist vacationing on the Caribbean coast of Mexico felt hot and uncomfortable in a solid back chair and wondered why it wasn’t styled like an open web Mayan hammock. The idea was born. The slightly pear shaped frame, colorful webbing and mid-century modernist flair make the Acapulco chair a great addition to any space. And thanks to its transparent body, the piece would not add visual clutter to the room. Innit Design, that produces the original Acapulco chair today, offers a detachable base that lets you choose a chair or rocker function, or both. The webbing is made from UV-resistant PVC, which makes it a perfect indoor/outdoor item. The frame is steel, powder coated in black or white, or a chrome finish. Available for purchase here.
These flat chairs, called Canvas, are the latest creation of Japanese studio YOY. The humor and versatility of this design makes it a winner in any space, big and small. Shoebox apartment dwellers, however, will appreciate the space-saving element of this cool item that doubles as artwork. Hang it on the wall for display or lean it against the wall for extra seating – how cool is that! The frame, made of wood and aluminum, is covered by an elastic fabric, printed to resemble a canvas texture with a drawing of a chair. The piece comes in three varieties – chair, armchair and sofa.
Seating and storage are the things any home needs more of. So Sweden based designers Kyuhyung Cho and Hironori Tsukue obliged and created the Oneness collection, consisting of two chairs and a low table that can be flipped, stacked and turned into a shelving unit. Designers explain their vision: “The multifunctional purpose and extendable system can enrich a variety of spaces from office to home, through its simple, combinable and modern form inspired by the fusion of East Asian and Scandinavian design.” The assembly is easy and intuitive – the structure is fixed by connecting each element with a clip inserted into small holes on the corners of the chair or table. This way you can build your storage as high and wide as you like by adding more chairs and tables. When the chair is turned upside down to make a shelf, it reveals a hidden space on the bottom of the back for books and other small objects. Oneness is made from Finnish natural birch plywood.
LLSTOL, a heart-warming furniture success story, was born as an experiment in ergonomics in a small workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After several prototypes the two L-shaped objects were created. These two L-s have become perfect components for making up chairs, benches, coffee tables, shelving units and much more. The versatile concept was then successfully Kickstarted and produced by a local chair factory called STOL & STOL (hence the name). Now LLSTOL is available for purchase. Great, isn’t it? Check out the video after the break to see the product in action.