Nomadic Furniture by Jorge Penadés
Spanish designer Jorge Penadés has devised a chair made from simple wooden boards that collapses into a backpack (+ slideshow).
Penadés deliberately made the seat easy to deconstruct and transport at the expense of its comfort.
"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."
The furniture is constructed without screws or glue and simply slots together with small brightly coloured metal connectors.
"The system works through connections inspired by traditional wooden joinery that can be assembled and disassembled by hand, with small gestures," Penadés explained.
"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.
The components can be packed into a sling comprising leather patches and adjustable ratchet straps, and carried around on the user's back.
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.
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.
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.
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.