Folding furniture gets a bad reputation, perhaps deservedly if you consider the typical flimsy stuff you find at the local big box store – but there are more refined alternatives, and here are four fascinating designs, including a sculptural folding chair, a simple minimalist folding dining table and a striking folding coffee table.
Sleek Table by Lodovico Bernardi
First, from Lodovico Bernardi, an extremely flat-pack folding table that is elegantly detailed, its metal mechanisms contrasting with a simple plywood structure. Instead of tucking up under, the legs wrap around the tabletop when the piece is flat. “Table is produced out of a single wood panel through a single cut. Its particular design allows an extremely efficient flat product and a drastic reduction of material and energy waste during production.”
Tilt Chair by Folditure
Second, from Folditure, there is Tilt – a folding chair with the same aesthetic premise: extremely flat and compact, wooden structure and metal details highlighting how it works. As a bonus, it contains a built-in hanger for easy storage.
“Tilt is a uniquely comfortable and sturdy multi-purpose chair. It is a folding chair as well. In fact it is the most compact folding chair in the market. Folditure’s patent-pending folding mechanism allows for a higher and more ergonomically inclined backrest and a solid feel. It can be folded effortlessly into a perfectly flat slim silhouette and hung on a closet rod when not in use! Tilt is a metro-friendly piece of furniture for those chic but tight spaces!”
Cricket Folding Table by Folditure
Folditure, in fact, has lots more interesting folding and transforming furniture, like the Maya side chair, the Cricket folding table (above) and the sculptural Leaf (below).
Stunning Leaf Folding Chair
“Leaf is a unique formal dining chair. It was engineered and crafted as a solid designer dining chair, which can be folded effortlessly to 0.625 inches flat silhouette. Leaf is orders of magnitude more compact than any other dining folding chair ever made. Folditure’s patented folding mechanism allows the Leaf to have true dining proportions and tall ergonomic backrest, and still fold effortlessly with a flick of the wrist.”
“Rigid aluminum composite panel body, aircraft grade stainless steel rivets and stainless steel hinges – the Leaf is precision hand-crafted for indoor and outdoor use. The seat is a relaxing, yet sturdy and resilient mesh fabric. Leaf is so comfortable and sculptural that it is most often enjoyed as a permanent dining chair, with the extras for guests hanging elegantly in the closet or on the wall. With its stunning looks it certainly makes a statement and is a great conversation piece!”