You Have Never Folded Like This Chair Folds

Alright. This is it. This is the folding chair you’ve been waiting for. It’s designed to be comfortable (of course), stack well (of course), and totally look amazing. It’s springy, compact folded in or out, and has been worked on with tender loving care by designer Jens Tandstad for basically a billion years.

It’s the Poesi Folding Chair. And it’s totally nice.

Tandstad was invited to display an earlier version of this chair at Salone Satellite 2008. That version was hand made(!), and made of wood, and was improved upon since. This version is plastic, and can easily be multiplied. See the picture of the stacks on the cart? In a 120 by 120 by 120cm cube, you can stack approximately 150 chairs, stacked totally nicely.

And check it out: Tandstad passes on the word that it’s available to license right now: “for a royalty of 3% and 30 000 $ cash, patents included.”

Buy up!

Designer: Jens Tandstad of KARDANG Design


  • Eric says:

    It looks beautiful and it might be able to become reality. If someone designed a mechanical feature I do think it would be nice to at least have a short and simple animation to display its folding in action. I can figure it out by dissecting the photos, but I shouldn’t have to. Also, the carts would be sold with a stack of chairs right? I wouldn’t want to pick a new chair for my auditorium to find out that in order to make them fit in my storage room, I need the designer cart as well… Great job Jens, really! 😉

    • Jens says:

      Thanks for the kind words. Send me you email and I’ll post a link to a video for you.
      As for the cart, its really just a piece of plywood with wheels and a bent steeltube for the handle. Couldn’t be simpler.

      • giorgio says:

        beautiful design, Jens.
        can you please send me the link to your video.


  • zippyflounder says:

    nice re work of a classic slider type folder, what materials you thinking.

    • Jens says:

      Thank you. Well, depending on where you draw the line between a rework and a new design, I think its a whole new kind of folding mechanism. (And the patent office agrees) There is no sliders in the chair actually.

      As for materials, the low cost version is polyurethane plastic and aluminium. I know these are not the most environmentally friendly materials, but both are recyclable, and strength of the construction makes for a really long product life. It is difficult to avoid plastic in this kind of furniture.
      I have built one i laminated beech and alu, and it looks great, feels great and weighs nothing.

  • KwangErn says:

    That’s sweet!

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