This versatile lightweight and uniquely beautiful furniture has a patent pending origami structure that can hold a ton of weight (literally) yet folds into a book when not in use. Like many urban dwellers Hong Kong-based designer Mike Mak wished that he could have friends over in his small apartment without them having to sit on the floor. He needed extremely compact extra seats that took up no storage space and were easy to pull out and use. One day when he placed a honeycomb cardboard sample in an empty space in his bookshelf the idea of Bookniture came to him. It can be used as a seat side table bench (place two Booknitures side by side with a board on top) and stacked shelving. Includes a double-sided felt seat pad.
Cardboard is a humble, accessible material that modern designers have turned to for decades in order to solve problems elegantly and affordably. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, whose work is represented in MoMA’s collection, is renowned for his use of recycled cardboard tubes to house disaster victims. Before him, the midcentury icon Riki Watanabe pioneered the concept of cardboard seating in 1966 with his Riki Stool. It is in this context that we meet Bookniture
33cm x 18cm x 4cm
Unfold: Diameter 36cm x 33cm
USA Kraft Paper,100% Cotton Dye Fabric
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