L22 chair
by Pilot///Wave

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These collapsible chairs by American design studio Pilot///Wave hang on the wall in an undulating line when they're not in use. (+ movie).

Above: movie by Pilot///Wave

Pilot///Wave designers Matthew Burke and Kyle Kennedy, who are based in Portland, Oregon, came up with the L22 chairs for libLAB Taipei, a book shop and event space in Taiwan's capital city.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

Designed to take up as little space as possible when stored away, the 60 chairs hang perpendicular to a 30-metre wall on special brackets.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

"The unique storage system also serves as an art installation when the chairs are not in use," say the designers. "The chairs appear as though they are dancing along a gentle curve."

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

Each chair, made of birch plywood and aluminium, unfolds loosely and is fixed in place by slotting its back legs into its square base.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

Other folding chairs we've featured on Dezeen include one made from reclaimed wooden broom handles and another that doubles as a coat hanger.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

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L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

Photographs are by Emily Wang.

Here's some more information from the designers:


We were asked by libLAB Taipei to design and fabricate 60 chairs for the L22 event space.

Because libLAB is a space for story telling [through food, retail, and events] we wanted to create not just a group of chairs, but an installation that was a story in itself in three parts.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

Spatial restrictions meant that the chairs needed to be collapsible when not in use and take up as little room as possible along a 30M wall.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

Through rigorous prototyping we developed a solution that allowed the chairs to unfold and be stored hanging along the wall, allowing the chairs to appear as though they are dancing along a gentle curve.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

The wall mounting brackets provide the third piece of the story. As the chairs are removed from the wall, the brackets reveal themselves in staccato rhythm and add a sinewy decoration to the room.

L22 chairs for libLAB by PILOT///WAVE

  • Judith Sheehan

    Artistic, functional, and beautiful

  • hugo

    Very aesthetically pleasing and seemingly functional.

    Can't help but notice that if you tried to tuck yourself in you might lift the rear legs out of their slots and fall backwards?
    Or is there something that stops this?

  • Sarah Knoblauch

    The “stacked” chairs collectively look like a spinal column of some sort – very beautiful indeed! The design seems flawless and very organic in nature!!!

  • jobu

    Incredible, absolutely incredible!

  • dune

    I don’t like to post negative comments, but this is really boring. There is nothing to the chair other then it folds up in an unconventional and borderline inconvenient way. There is no effort put into the details. I get simple wood chairs, but (kind-of) good simple chairs have some attention to the edges or some consideration of the hardware. Needs work.