Mind-Warping Wood Folding Chair Looks Curved, Packs Flat


It looks like a complex sculpture from custom-cut sticks, but this nest-like assembly packs flat and folds out from a simple straight sheet of pre-sliced wood.

The illusion of three-dimensional complexity comes from implied curves created from a series of metal-hinged, interlocking rectilinear sticks, all intersecting and overlapping to give the impression of an overall smooth shape.

Robert van Embricqs departs from both the boring seat-and-legs approach to chair design but also from the ever-trendier cut-out-and-assemble approach slowly becoming mainstream as well. Sure, there are some sharp edges to be dealt with in a finished-product version, but for now the concept seems more than sufficient to impress.

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