Paul Loebach's PEG chair
slots together (suggestively)


New York designer Paul Loebach's flat-pack wooden chair slots together without glue, as demonstrated in a series of vaguely pornographic gifs (+ slideshow).


Paul Loebach showcased the prototype of his flat pack PEG chair in collaboration with Makers Anonymous during New York design week last month.


The chair – which Loebach says is "charming and childlike in its purity" – comprises eight pieces of birch wood machined using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology.


These fit together using "peg and hole" joints, as the gifs graphically show.


As the wood naturally expands and contracts over time the structure tightens, creating a sturdy and stable form. PEG stands for Parts Excluding Glue.


"As a product designer I'm constantly looking at connections and how things fit together," Loebach told Dezeen. "One inspiration for the PEG chair was the plastic barricades seen everywhere on the streets of New York. They use a peg-and-hole joint to make a sturdy connection, which can be removed quickly and easily."


"The interesting thing for me about the peg is in its simplicity. To that extent the peg becomes more than a way to join two parts, it also acts as a symbol, with something charming and childlike in its purity and ability to solve a common problem using one of the most primitive and immediate means imaginable."


Loebach wanted the chair to respond to the modern challenge to ship furniture as compactly and efficiently as possible.


"I think flat packing, assembly and disassembly have become a symbol of intelligence in furniture design," he said. "It relates to how we move things around, because creating large packages full of air is hugely wasteful, whether shipping large quantities from a factory, putting a few boxes into your car, storing a product when it's not in use, or even getting it to another person later when it changes ownership."


"A good product moves through different phases of use over time, and needs to adapt to those changes in intelligent ways,” he said.


The PEG chairs can be assembled by pushing the sections together by hand, or tapping them with a small hammer or mallet.


Makers Anonymous is a multi-faceted Brooklyn-based studio blending customised CNC technology with traditional techniques for product development, prototyping, and limited edition runs.


  • mike del forno

    Really fun, could watch those babies slot into each other all day long, but what a colossal waste of timber!
    This chair could have easily been made with so much less material. Mass-produced objects have a certain look for a reason.

    • Paul

      Relax Mike, there’s nothing ‘colossal’ about it. It’s a prototype, made very quickly for a show with some friends :)

      Material usage could easily be streamlined for production if and when that time comes, but personally I see this as more of an experiment, to inform mine and others ‘serious’ production projects.

      There is no reason all mass-produced objects should have any one ‘certain look’ as you say. In fact, that’s what my design is working to prevent. Sorry for the late reply, but I don’t really read Dezeen much :) Now back to some designing.
      Peace and love,

      • mike del forno

        Only just read this!
        Thanks for your reply, I appreciate your honesty. Good job anyway.

  • Victor

    So the chair will fall apart if I lift with the seat or the rail. Not the most convenient.

  • Kate

    Oh my. Is this suitable for work? I’m getting hot under the collar and flustered watching this. It’s mesmerising despite its length issues.

  • Stefan Tervoort

    Good idea but proportionally wise it is not very appealing. Would be great if it was just a bit less chunky and complicated looking for such a simple feeling system.

  • wat

    As much as I love the chair (and I do), he is not a genius for how he has designed it. Chairs are simply not designed as such because of the cost implementations of using CNC milling on every component.

    A chair of similar form and aesthetics made using methods more suitable to mass manufacture, while not as easily dismantle-able, would cost easily 1/4th as much.

  • maccoretti

    How long do I wait before my chair stops falling apart?

  • SteveLeo

    ‘As the wood naturally expands and contracts over time the structure tightens, creating a sturdy and stable form.’

    So while it is still able to be dismantled, it will fall apart, and once it’s strong enough to hold together, it then cannot be dismantled?

    • CR

      Or your chair can only be disassembled seasonally – depending on where you live and how humid/cold it gets.

  • Rae Claire

    A few discreet pegs to tap into place at critical points might make this a very nice chair. Still, I think the animations are probably better than the actual object.