Collasso is an slideaway chair design which look to innovate seating for the coffee oriented cafe culture of Wellington, New Zealand
This design focus on the sizing limitation of cafes in the Wellington CBD, and the need for foldaway seating solutions. The product aim is for a successful chair for both indoor and outdoor cafe environments, looking to reflect Wellington's vibrant and eccentric culture in the final design.
The design brief, from Victoria University's School of Architecture & Design, was to design around a mechanism, in this case telescopic tubing systems, and utilise this successfully in a finalised product or artistic piece.
Collasso incorporates steel bar and tubing to reduce the chair storage needs to just 500 x 450 mm, including the possibility of stackability, or hanging off a rack. Sprayed to a vibrant Sky Blue, Collasso demonstrates the customisability of the design, developing different colour combinations, sizings, and materiality.
Its complicated hinge structure allows for the back legs to self support the front section whilst counter balancing the seat section. Below images show the seating angle developed with ergonomic principles in mind.
The back hinge pivots and allows the stainless steel legs to slide back through the back section, which the front frame hides away the front legs.
This details my initial conceptual idea, using bicycle seat quick release clamps to hold the legs.
Each render details the aforementioned customisability in the design.