Transformers: These Sturdy Portable Chairs Collapse at the Tug of a String

It’s not often that you’re told to imagine what the wedding registry of Charles Eames and Judy Jetson would be like. But that’s just how engineering and design firm RockPaperRobot describes its work and credo. Aspiring to create furnishings that are at once aesthetically handsome, functional and robotics inspired, RockPaperRobot has, to date, conceived and developed pieces that seem to defy the laws of physics. Take, for instance, its Float Table, which cleverly uses magnetized components and tensile steel cables to make the table’s wooden cubes appear to float. The firm’s latest endeavor, the Ollie Chair, is equally inventive and smart — and coming soon to Kickstarter. "The Ollie Chair was a direct response to our retractable Ollie table coming out later in the year," says RockPaperRobot CEO Jessica Banks. "A visitor innocent asked us, 'What happens to the chairs when the table goes up on the wall?' To which we replied, '#%*@! We'll be right back...'" And so the Ollie Chair was born. This space-saving transformable chair takes cues from the tambour — a flexible shutter found on some furniture such as traditional hall desks. Here, the tambour is constructed with ...
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