Crafty Wooden ‘Flex Chair’ Uses Clever Flat-Folding Plastic

That’s not a folding chair – this is a folding chair. It looks just like a regular wood-frame, white-backed chair you might find at a school desk or modest dining room table – but its deceptively simple surfaces have ultra-thin plastic joints that make it fold up like a piece of clever origami.

Simple metal screws connect the synthetic seat and back areas to the main solid-wooden structural supports, in turned connected by traditional wood joinery techniques. An elegant and elemental work of traditional design – with the addition of these intersecting ‘living hinges’ – becomes a craft object worth taking another look at.

Created by designer Christopher Mark Johnson, this is (for now) a one-off work of furniture art – but you can be if it becomes available in stores people will take one of these any day of the week over a more typical wood-frame chair or conventional folding chair design.

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