flat pack chair design

D.E. Sellers may save your butt in a bad situation … or at least make you think about when you might need an ‘emergency‘ chair, or, per the follow-up design: table.

Sure, there are a lot of flat-pack designs on there, but few focus on graphic elements, or the ability to travel with your furniture.

From Core77: “What we really love, though, is the story: the idea that an emergency of some sort might arise, and this chair could come to the rescue in the nick of time, through rapid transformation into essential seating.”

“Yes it’s absurd, but it focuses the design in some wonderful ways. It means the cuts are perforated, so that the sheet holds its form until snapped apart by hand (the attachments are quite thin, so this is feasible), and the completed chair is an endearingly clunky, assymetrical hodgepodge, with obvious cutouts where pieces once fit together in the plywood sheet. Not pretty, but we’re not sure everything has to be.”

flat pack laser etched table

Sellers also designed the eDesk, which is made of maple veneered plywood, laser-cut to fit together with precision.

flat pack table design

“The eDesk is a designers approach to helping the developing world attain education. Laser-etched assembly and Educational illustrations. Humanitarian aid organizations can use the design as open source for free. Ships and transports in a flat panel. Assembles without fasteners. Can be fabricated locally or shipped inexpensively. 3 sizes available. Functions as a desk and inspirational tool for any student regardless of geographic location. The eDesk was designed to give each child a devoted inspirational space committed to learning. It will not function as a chair or stool if disconnected from the desk. NGO’s wanted.”

flat pack mini

A cool image from the designer’s website gives us some insight into how this process works. Making miniature prototypes before moving on to full scale furniture definitely makes sense, and it’s cool to imagine having a bunch of these mini flat pack furniture items around to play with like puzzles.