This leather-covered chair folds like a briefcase for easy storage.

This leather-covered chair folds like a briefcase for easy storage.

This leather-covered chair folds like a briefcase for easy storage.

This leather-covered chair folds like a briefcase for easy storage.

Most people dream of having attractive furniture, but not everyone has the space for sophisticated but large tables or distinctive but bulky seats. Space becomes even more of an issue if you have guests over every now and then, but not often enough to justify buying permanent chairs in your already cramped living quarters. Folding tables and chairs have become solutions to this dynamic space problem, but most sacrifice aesthetics in exchange for flexibility. Of course, there are some exceptions, especially within the realm of speculative or conceptual design, where form and function are treated with equal dignity. This folding chair, for example, is clearly utilitarian in construction, but still manages to throw in some design elements that give it the same elegant character as leather-covered furniture and stationery.

Designer: Jeongwoo SEO

Traditional folding chair designs come in wooden or metal shapes, with hinges and pivots that allow parts of the choir, usually the seat, to fold up or down to create a more compact shape. While it’s a practical and simple design, it’s definitely not the only way to fold a chair. Given some factors, it might not even be the best solution.


The Folio Chair takes a different approach to the folding puzzle, requiring no hinges or screws to implement the mechanism. Instead, it seems to draw inspiration from papercraft and art such as origami, where simply pushing or pulling a single piece can change the shape of the object. In this case, pulling the top of the chair up causes the seat folds and the back legs to straighten out and lay flat on the middle layer that serves as the chair’s support structure.

The end result is a very flat but long piece that almost resembles a briefcase, which is probably where its name comes from. In addition to being easy to carry, whether on the handle or under the arm, it also makes the Folio Chair easy to store. You even have a pile of them lying flat or standing upright in a closet, depending on how much space you have.


The Folio chair also has a distinct charm with its leather surfaces and dotted edges. This is reminiscent not only of the leather upholstery used in more luxurious furniture, but also of the leather covers of some notebooks and diaries. To some extent, it’s a design that wouldn’t look out of place in an office, although it’s clearly intended for more casual settings.

Despite its unique proposition, the Folio chair may still raise some concerns regarding its practicality and safety. While it may be flatter than most folding chairs, it’s also much taller when closed, taking up more vertical space. Depending on the materials used, it can also feel a bit wonky, simply relying on physics and bending patterns to ensure the chair doesn’t collapse under a person’s weight.


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