A collapsible and portable stool created for everyday use. With the capability of collapsing down to a 1/4th of its footprint.
A school assignment where we were to demonstrate an understanding of basic physics properties to create a portable and collapsible stool. Personally, I challenged myself to create this without the use of a single hinge.
When hosting for friends in the summer, seating can be an issue if you don't have to space for patio furniture. Opportunity lies in creating a stool that is easy to store and set up, allowing hosts to give their guest seats quickly.
Ideation and Testing
Once I decided to use fabric as a hinge, one of the primary challenges what coming up with a way to secure the wood to the fabric, in addition to determining which fabric would not stretch or tear. In order to determine the best options, I did a series of small tests.
Duck canvas and epoxy = failed
Polyester and epoxy = failed
RIpstop nylon and gorilla glue/ upholstery nails = Succesful
Scaled preliminary concept models
using scaled models to help with concept creation, figuring out assembly and eventually creating a crude full-sized model to test the concept
How it works
A series of elastics that run in the legs and the seat guides the assembly prosses by pulling the legs into their respective slots. This elastic also pulls the rope into the legs when the stool is disassembled.
The long narrow shape the stool collapses into is much easier to store in various situations
A shape that allows for easy stackability
Durable + strong
Light + strong
Light + strong
Material were chosen based on aesthetic and physical qualities
Ripstop nylon attached with gorilla glue and upholstery nails allow the seat to fold freely without the use of hinges
Legs fit snug into holes in the seat. Attached by elastics.
A handle retreats and lies flush when not in use.