Nomadic Furniture
by Jorge Penadés

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Spanish designer Jorge Penadés has devised a chair made from simple wooden boards that collapses into a backpack (+ slideshow).

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

Penadés deliberately made the seat easy to deconstruct and transport at the expense of its comfort.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

"Luxury is not anymore a matter of comfort," said the designer. "Nowadays, luxury is to be able to decide where you want to have a moment of peace, a chance to escape from hectic activity of contemporary lifestyles."

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

The furniture is constructed without screws or glue and simply slots together with small brightly coloured metal connectors.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

"The system works through connections inspired by traditional wooden joinery that can be assembled and disassembled by hand, with small gestures," Penadés explained.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

"This fact allows the user to move easily with the seat from one place to another, emphasising dynamism as the object´s inherent purpose," he added.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

The components can be packed into a sling comprising leather patches and adjustable ratchet straps, and carried around on the user's back.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

The design is a continuation of the young Málaga-based designer's graduation project from the Escola Superior de Disseny i d'Arts Plàstiques in Barcelona and will be on show as part of Product Design Madrid at the Architectural Association in the city from 21 to 24 November.

Here's some more information from Jorge Penadés:


Nomadic Chair: a temporary seat for one person

Responding to society´s current and future needs born from modern culture, this project explores the potential of temporary furniture.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

Reducing comfort to the minimum in order to enlarge mobility to the maximum, Penadés encourage us to reconsider our ideas of contemporary furniture and give them new meanings in a more ephemeral context.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

This project is based on a structure without any kind of screws, nails or glue. The system works through connections inspired by traditional wooden joinery that can be assembled and disassembled by hand, with small gestures in (approx) 2 minutes. This fact allows the user to move easily with the seat from one place to another, emphasising dynamism as the object´s inherent purpose.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

Jorge Penadés is currently investigating new possibilities of temporary furniture in order to create a collection of pieces within the same principle, understanding furniture as itinerant objects rather than static.

Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penades

  • pizzaface

    Go to a camping shop and buy an aluminium folding chair that won’t break your back.

  • r2d2

    Ooh look at me, I just invented Ikea furniture with a sort of Rietveld flavour… Sorry, not very 2013 and why wouldn’t you design a foldable chair instead? Not clever.

  • Bucky

    Already much better solutions to chair / rucksacks and to flat pack furniture. It doesn’t look comfortable to sit on or to carry. “Assembled by hand with small gestures… Allowing the user to move easily with the seat from one place to another, emphasising dynamism as the object´s inherent purpose.”

    If that’s the best description of the design, you’ve probably not reached the end of the journey just yet. Keep designing and better ideas will follow.

  • Colonel Pancake

    No, thanks. I got this ground right here instead.

  • CadBaboon

    Camping… You’re doing it wrong. A perfect accompaniment to the shoe tent.

  • dick_c

    “Small gestures,” maybe… But how many of them?

  • Willers

    I’d rather sit on that rock and save my back getting there.

  • ahherehey

    Malaga? Awesome weather? Dry ground? Sit on it?

  • la_ideica

    I like the designs.

  • iag

    Pizzaface beat me to it…

  • Peter Berger

    Firewood.

  • Dan

    I can’t say I like this chair – I think it’s really over-complicated and could be simplified in a way that makes it look as well as perform better. But I don’t like aluminium camping chairs either, any chance of some constructive feedback?

  • PM

    Ridiculously badly executed.

  • TJ

    So, so bad. How much does this thing weigh?

  • snowman55

    I like the idea of nomadic furniture in general especially after failing to give away a $700 traditional entertainment centre made of solid oak, which is too small for modern big screen TVs. The wood can’t even be salvaged or re-purposed and the whole thing weighs a couple hundred pounds.