Design Interior Design Transformer Furniture in Iceland: The Sóley Chair by Valdimar Hardarson By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 CC BY 2.0. Pinterest Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 There is really nothing new about what we call Transformer Furniture, that folds up flat for easy storage; Visiting the home of Iceland architect Pall Bjarnason, I was shown a wonderful design by his brother-in-law, architect Valdimar Hardarson. The Sóley chair was produced by Kusch+Co in the early 1980s and one site notes that it was Furniture of the Year in 1984. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0It has a very simple mechanism; you unsnap the curved back from the rear leg and the front and back leg pivot flat and the seat folds down. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 there are springy latches under the seat to hold the legs in place. CC BY 2.0. Pinterest Pinterest/CC BY 2.0 Here is an image of it from a Pinterest on Icelandic Design. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 I saw the chair in architect Pall Bjarnason's house, an historic residence in downtown Reykjavik that was previously occupied by one of the country's most famous poets, Einar Benediktsson. Bjarnason, who specializes in historic restoration, has applied his skills to this unusual house. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 Inside, the house is an eclectic mix of the new and old furniture that belonged to the poet and has been also meticulously restored, including the piano. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 From right to left, architect Pall Bjarnason, Doctor Georg Bjarnason, and Sigridur Hardardottir. Five minutes later I was on a bus to the airport; what a wonderful way to end a trip.