The Pad Chair transforms from a benign wooden mat into a neat chair with a backrest! Made from multiple wooden strips joined together in a rather unique way, the Pad Chair possesses the ability to transform from a flat, 2D shape into a neat, comfortable 3D chair. I’m sure there’s a locking system in place that allows the chair to lock in either closed or open positions, but for now, the Pad Chair provides a radical alternative to those ugly metal foldable chairs (the kind you’d see in wrestling matches). What the Pad Chair offers as an alternative looks incredibly classy, in both its closed as well as open versions!
The chair’s ingenuity lies in its simple, minimalist compact design. It isn’t made to look utilitarian when closed (like most foldable chairs do), but rather, assumes the avatar of a flat, wooden plank or slab when closed (quite like the Ollie Chair from RockPaperRobot). In its closed form, the Pad Chair occupies 1/11th of the space as it would when opened, allowing you to easily store multiple chairs together in your compact apartment, saving up on space.
The Pad Chair is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2021.
Designer: Shaohan Yang