Cleverest Space-Saving Folding Chair Designs
Forget run-of-the-mill metal folding chairs. Here are 12 seats that are really neat
Every holiday entertainer could use some extra seating this time of year. If run-of-the-mill metal folders aren't your style, you'll love these innovative chair designs from some of today's top talent.
While most of the chairs fold flat for easy storage, others are small wonders that can go from one-seaters to six-seaters, and some even transform into tables and benches.
Keep reading for 12 of the most clever takes on chairs you've ever seen.
The ISIS by Jake Phipps is billed as the thinnest chair in the world, and at 3 cm wide when folded, it just might be. The ISIS chair is an angular, modern piece that folds neatly into a sleek, flat package. It's available to buy direct from the studio.
Visit JakePhipps.com for more information.
For the eco-conscious small-space dweller, FlexibleLove chairs are made out of 100 percent post-industrial wood waste. At its smallest, the bench can fold together like an accordion to seat one. At its largest, the chair can hold up to 16.
Visit FlexibleLove.com for more information.
The Loop Chair by Israeli designer Boaz Mendel can actually transform into several pieces of furniture. Shown here in a few reclining-chair forms, the Loop Chair is made of seven wood boards connected by hinges stabilized by specialized metal connectors. From extra storage to an end table, the Loop Chair can transform to fit your holiday seating and storage needs.
Visit Boaz Mendel's website for more information.
One of the few on the list that's shaped like a traditional chair, the Stitch chair by Adam Goodrum has hinges on every edge to help it collapse. The seat folds to a closed position that is mere inches thick. Cappellini also makes a hinged bar stool of similar design. They are distributed by the Italian manufacturer, and can be purchased online and in Cappellini's NYC store.
A folding furniture equivalent of a paper plane, the Papton Chair by Danish design firm FUCHS + FUNKE is a honeycomb cardboard composite that can be easily shaped—no tools or screws necessary. The end result of this origami seat is a standing chair that weighs less than five pounds.
The Papton comes in a variety of colors, and is available to order from FUCHS + FUNKE.
Robert Bliss' 1993 fan chair is the oldest design on our list. A simple combination of cushions nestled in a teak-wood fan, this chair is one of many designs by the MIT-educated architect and retired professor. Some of Bliss' innovative pieces are now owned by the Smithsonian Museum.
Visit RobertLBliss.com for more information.
Made in northern California, this chair is inspired by one of the regions most famous exports: wine. Whit McLeod's wine-barrel chair is also on the more affordable end of TOH's cleverest folding chair spectrum. The oak seats are made from discarded wine barrels—part of a full line of furniture McLeod makes from reclaimed or salvaged material.
Visit McLeodChairs.com for more information.
Inspired by pop-up books, Brainstream Design created a plywood folding chair and ottoman that completely collapses without tools. The chair is made from 100-percent plywood, and folds to a 60 by 30-inch rectangle that's less than two inches thick. Too minimalist for you? You can accessorize with snap-on cushions.
Visit BranstreamDesign.com for more information.
Looking for a great Turkey Day kids table? This design from Offit comes complete with chairs, and the whole set folds up into one compact cube that could easily double as a modern end table.
Visit Offi.com for more information.
The lightweight Walker Chair with built-in handle is named for its transportability. The three-legged design by FUCHS+FUNKE can be folded flat and hung by its handle, or easily stashed away.
Visit FuchsFunke.de for more information.
This chair doubles as wall art that can be flattened and hung when not in use. The Pick Chair comes in several different colors and finishes.
Visit StudioDror.com for more information.
This space saver is made out of bamboo and recycled PET (a synthetic polymer used in polyester and packing). How flat do they fold? One hundred Desile chairs folded flat and stacked on top of one another stands about six feet high.
Visit Vange.be for more information.