Multifunction + Flatpack + Le Corbusier = Bookcase Chair

Only an architectural historian like Gail Peter Borden would photoshop his bookcase chair into what is probably the most iconic architectural photograph of the 20th century, Julius Shulman's shot of the Case Study House 22. If you are are a modern chair, that is where you want to be.

Professor Borden's chair has so many things for TreeHugger to love; it is a flatpack that uses over 90% of a 4x8 sheet of plywood, "Milled with the precision of a CNC, but with a simplicity of connection so that pieces only fit in one configuration, the chair requires no instructions or tools."

It pays homage to another classic as well:

Based on the hybrid dimensions of Le Corbusier's infamous leather and metal LC2 chair and the flat pack limitations of a single sheet of plywood, the chair bookcase bookcase chair acts as a delicate lattice when empty and a dominant cube when full.

The LC2 Chair, beloved of architects, became infamous in the seventies when used by Maxell in ads for cassette tapes, and was reissued in 2005.


Celebrating the form and beauty of plywood, combined with the functionality of multiple programs, the chair bookcase bookcase chair maximizes the minimum.

Indeed. More at Yanko.

Collin covered another bookcase chair that threw a light and wheel into the mix. It Slices, It Dices: Bookinist, the Crazy/Clever Chair for Reading, Thinking, Moving

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