Durable Redesign: Roll-Up & Flat-Pack Inflatable Furnitures


Inflatable furniture has a serious branding problem, thanks to historical attempts to make it cheap, easy and disposable. With some thought behind it, the results are surprising – potentially multi-use, flat-back and durable designs are possible too.

Jy-Yeon Suh has used a combination of dense, weather-worthy synthetics, grommets, industrial metal snaps and plastic straps to take another shot at what is typically considered a shoddy furnishing typology associated with bachelor pads and dorm dwellers. While still light and portable, these works are also rigid and damage-resistant.

Both configurations are considered in these constructions – the fully-inflated state as well as the packed-to-store situation. Some simply fold up into tiny bundles that can be wrapped and snapped for easy storage. Others actually roll up into objects that can be used in other ways, like this sleeping-bag-turned-stool.

Pragmatics are certainly a factor, but there is some fun at work here too – playful fabric fruit bowls and flower places are either experimental or made for the hardcore urban camper who insists on bringing absolutely everything with them everywhere they go to deploy on demand.

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