Over the years, the furniture industry has changed a lot, of course for the better. Lately but the industry is now planning something extraordinary for our bodies. You’ve guessed it right, we can now have wearable furniture. More than just fabric; it is a unique type of furniture that we can carry as our attire.
There are many recent examples where the fashion and furniture industries have collaborated to provide us with wearable chairs and tables. Check out such exquisite wearable furniture pieces below.
# SharkMan Wearable Furniture
Conceived by product designer Yang Zhao, ‘SharkMan‘ is collapsible furniture that lets you create a private pod anywhere. There are two zips in the top and front for the user to transform it in different configurations.
#Noonee Chairless Chair
The Chairless chair by Zurich-based startup, Noonee, is certainly nowhere close to being called a chair. It can be worn as an exoskeleton and can transform into a chair as and when needed. The Chairless Chair is only two Kilograms in weight and is made from aluminum and carbon fiber. The Chair is designed primarily for production line workers that spend hours standing doing their chores. The wearable chair will provide such workers or anyone else with comfortable seating in the middle of nowhere.
# The Human Chair
Created by artist Jamie Isenstein, the Human Chair is a unique piece of furniture that people can wear just like clothing. The chair has two wooden legs while the human wearing it makes for the other two stable legs. You will need to pass your arms and legs through the holes provided in the chair.
Wearable furniture can only make the cut and compete with traditional furniture if it’s lightweight, simple in design, and really comfortable. Underpartner Paraseats chair is one such furniture unit, which ensures comfort and is lightweight enough to be worn around the neck. Underpartner is a design house in Austria; the Paraseats designed by the design house are made from plastic and metal, and if you don’t like the idea of wearing the chair, you can also transport it on your bike. Ideal for all public places where there’s no seating arrangement, the chair can be hung on a horizontal pole or a fence to transform public space into an outdoor living room.
# Wearable Coffee Table/Chair
Hussein Chalayan is one fashion designer who is known to have pushed the boundaries of wearable fashion to a new high. Case in point is his collection of chairs and tables that can be worn as garments. The most exciting of all items in the collection is a coffee table that transforms into a wooden skirt. Made from Tyvek, an envelope of paper; the wooden skirt is ideal for times when you’re invited at the last moment and you need to carry your own seating (not that people invite you with your own seating arrangement, but who can predict the future).
# Self Sustainable Chair
When you’ve walked too much, it’s obvious you look for a place to sit and rest. Ideally, you don’t find a comfortable place to sit outdoors. Artist and designer JooYoun Paek believes walk and rest can be balanced (and the need for an additional seat can be done with) by a functional outfit, which inflates to become a chair. Paek’s self-sustainable chair is a furniture item that is basically a dress wherein the butt area inflates as you walk (using pumps in the shoes) to form a comfortable chair. Made from polyethylene, the dress comes with a pair of pumps in the shoes and makes for one comfortable chair for the outdoors and of course the indoors.
There are many innovative makeovers given to the Thonet chair. Among all of them, Pret-a-Thonet is the most state-of-the-art. Argentinean designer and sculptor Pablo Reinoso has given the Thonet chair a wearable transformation. Pablo has designed the Thoneteando series of sculpted chairs dubbed the Pret-a-Thonet, which is a metaphor for a wearable chair or a chair you can wear like a garment.
# Mamoris Wearable Chair
Mamoris, a combination of the words memoru (protect) and isu (chair) in Japanese is a chair that can become a protective gear for the head, neck, and back in case of emergency. Given the frequent earthquakes we are witnessing, the Mamoris by designer Youji Ikawa is surely a piece of furniture that can help people protect themselves in case of a disaster. Mamoris chair is just like a natural chair on a regular day, and in event of a natural disaster, by simply turning the chair’s dial, its backrest can be detached to become a protective helmet of sorts.
# Wearable Chair for Everywhere
We’ve already seen some exciting pieces of wearable furniture. To wrap up, we have a wearable chair by budding designers Lisa Besset and Thomas Wüthrich. Appropriately called the wearable chair for everywhere, this is a fabric chair that one can wear like a vest. Since it is made of soft fabric and is designed keeping human body motion in purview; the chair is worth sitting in any place at anytime. The chair converts from a vest into a seating unit in a jiffy; it has an orthopedic neck support collar built-in and allows the user to cuddle in it in the most comfortable manner.