Folding furniture can be called many things — economical, space saving, practical — but one thing it is rarely called is elegant. That's about to change, because of Amsterdam-based company Flux's new Flux chair ($200). Thanks to an origami-like series of folds, the Flux goes from flat packed to fully realized chair in only a few seconds — if you're skeptical about that number, check out this timed Flux chair folding race. And at less than 11 pounds, this chair is ready to move wherever, and whenever, you need it. By the way, it holds up to 352 pounds (wow), so you don't have to worry about which guest (or two) is taking a rest on the chair.
Holland designers Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten originally came up with the design for the Flux chair in 2008 as their college graduation project, which led them to form their company, Flux. The designers' chair is thoughtfully designed to be both beautiful and extremely economical with space. When the Flux chair is folded, you can easily transport it from place to place, thanks to the built-in handle. Plus, you can stack the chairs up to 21 high in just one foot of space. If you're strapped for space, you can use the Flux wall strap to store up to six folded chairs against the wall.The Flux chair was just recognized with the Excellence in Product Design Award at the August New York International Gift Show. Given all of its clever properties, it's no secret why it's been singled out. In fact, we first wrote about the chairs back in April, after they made an appearance at the Messe Frankfurt's Ambiente consumer goods trade show. Flux chairs would work beautifully in a wide variety of interiors and spaces, from a modern home office to a grand dining room. It's also perfect for those transitional, multiuse spaces that require flexible thinking and furniture. Can you see yourself adding one of these chairs to your home? How would you decorate with it?