In some of our recent articles we have been talking about double duty furniture. Today we will tell you about yet another double duty chair, which doubles not as another furniture, but a protective hard hat. Now you must be thinking how a furniture unit is linked with a protective hat. Well, to explain this just consider yourself siting on the chair, reading the paper when suddenly an earthquake strikes in, then you can immediately turn the chair into a protective helmet and save yourself. This chair dubbed as the Mamoris is designed by a team of Japanese designers – Yuji Ikawa, who is the co-founders of the manufacturing firm Mamoris, Kota Nezu of Znug design, Inc. and Takayuki Kawai of POPLIFE Inc. to keep people prepared and protected from natural disasters like earthquakes and Tsunami.
As Japan happens to be one of the natural disasters prone country, the designers joined hands and came up with this chair named as Mamoris that is a combination of memoru (protect) and isu (chair) in Japanese. This can be used as a normal chair during regular days. While in the event of a natural disaster, just turn the dial on the seat to 90 degrees to detach the back rest of the chair from the rest of it and use it as a helmet to protect your head as well as your neck and shoulder area from the falling items like glass and other things during a natural disaster.
The Mamoris was showcased recently at the Tokyo Designers’ Week 2013. Although this prototype chair is a bit heavy, but the designers say that they will add some improvements to it to reduce its weight to half of what it is now (about 3 pounds). If you are thinking about getting one of these to be prepared for the next disaster, then you probably got to wait for sometimes as the designers are in the processes of patenting their invention.
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