by Norie Matsumoto
This design was intended to be a beautiful timber object that could also work as a chair, rather than the reverse approach, which is more common.
Norie was particularly interested in how it looked when it was folded up and leaning against a wall.
From that thought she developed an asymmetric design, which unfolds in a surprising but elegant manner.
There were challenges in the design and a lot to be learnt in the making process despite the fact that this chair has an unconventional starting point, this is a desirable and ‘sittable’ piece of furniture, which one could imagine working well in a number of different environments.
The intention may be that it should spend much of its time resting against a wall as an object to be enjoyed, but few will be able to resist the temptation to pick it up to fold and unfold it several times.