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Brief Published: 9 Sep 2013

Flat-Pack Designs: Duori and Vera Chairs

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Reflecting the rise of inventive flat-pack furniture – driven by demand from a generation of home renters – Stylus spotted these intricate self-assembly plywood chairs at Pasadena Art Center College of Design, created by graduates Isaac Oaks and Seth Weissman.

Weissman’s Vera rocking chair mimics “the elegant form of the human spine”. Despite requiring no additional fasteners during assembly, it’s strong and durable due to a central ‘spine’ and three beams that keep the chair’s slats securely in place. Meanwhile, inspired by origami, Oak’s Duori chair is made from precision-cut pieces designed to fit together easily, requiring few tools for assembly. 

Inexpensive, self-build designs are becoming increasingly desirable among today’s young, nomadic consumers. See Stylus’ Design Democracy: Shift report for more on the factors behind this preference. Also see Stylus’ report on Flat-Pack Futures for additional examples of adaptable designs for the home.

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