If you were given 10 guesses about the function of the Zip Chair while it's resting in its passive configuration, do you think you would arrive at the right answer? Chances are that most people would not, since the flattened state of the furnishing has no telling features.
Swinton's deign comprises a pair of slatted surfaces that are joined securely across their middles. The two halves are made up of strips of wood that are tightly fastened in rows. Look closely at these components and you'll notice that they have not been cut as perfectly rectangular timbers. A slight beveling of their short edges has them mimicking keystones. This enables the Zip Chair to be bent into curvaceous forms, shaping a sturdy base, seat and backrest. When it's not needed, the object can be easily collapsed and tucked away.
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