Whether it's for the space-saving or cool factor, the appeal of flat pack furniture comes from its ability to make functional furniture from easy-to-transport pieces that are usually lightweight and materially efficient. Combining Chinese and Scandinavian design sensibilities, designers Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard have created a flat pack furniture collection that folds like origami and seems just as fun.
Dubbed "Playtime," the series features brightly coloured pieces that include a side table, chair and patterned flooring. Zhang and Thonsgaard say on Mocoloco:
The furniture works almost like paper folding. When unfolded, it is flat, lightweight and easy to transport. With two specfic folding techniques, the flat pieces are transformed into a chair or a table, held together with clips and small magnets.
But it's not just ease of assembly that comes out of the design, there's consideration given to movement, the play of visual patterns and the familiarity that comes out of the domestic:
One of the main themes of the collection is 'fabric' - how to give solid, interior pieces a light and playful character, through the use of texture and pattern and a 'fluid' assembling method. Using wood, laminate and bright blue and orange colours, the self-essembly pieces evoke the visual imagery of classic childhood toys. The collection also include stylistic refrences back to both Asian and Scandinavian design traditions, fusing origami and the patterns of knitted, nordic sweaters.
Reminiscent of an amusing but useful geometric puzzle, Playtime seems to suggest that flat pack doesn't have to be merely utilitarian in result, but can also be enjoyable in the process. More over at Zhang & Thonsgaard.