That Awkward Moment When Your Folding Chairs Are Nicer Than Your Regular Chairs

Small-space living has been having a moment, and when it comes to space-saving furniture design, what cannot be seen is often much more intriguing than what can. Case in point: the Folding Chair, designed by Virginia-based studio Monstrans. Despite its unassuming name, Monstrans’ latest work breathes new life into a familiar object, particularly one designed to hide behind closet doors.

Monstrans’ Folding Chair wears its heart on its sleeve: it visibly touts its ability to retract into a singular flat plane and boasts an easy-to-carry system of handles. Cushioned felt pads cover just the right amount of area to make for a comfortable sitting experience, and magnets hold the pivoting wood pieces in place when the chair is flattened and not in use. To top it all off, the chair is made from recyclable bamboo. This folding chair might be too much of a conversation piece to stow away. [shoebox dwelling]

- Kelly Chan