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Unique furniture based on folded plywood. We've created a practical flip-up shelf with optional light as well as a modern lounge chair.
Unique furniture based on folded plywood. We've created a practical flip-up shelf with optional light as well as a modern lounge chair.
22 backers pledged CA$ 6,182 to help bring this project to life.

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Folded Furniture

We're both architects with an appreciation for things that are beautiful and practical. Through furniture we've been exploring methods for creating organic forms that are both simple and easy to create. We've been inspired by the depth of creativity involved in Papercraft: folding simple shapes to create beautiful objects.

The technique we've developed involves connecting planes of plywood with piano hinges such that folding gives the furniture piece its shape and structure.

The technique we developed involves joining plywood facets with piano hinges.
The technique we developed involves joining plywood facets with piano hinges.
Unfolding creates a chair - that's also easier to pack and ship!
Unfolding creates a chair - that's also easier to pack and ship!

The first two pieces in our line are the Flip Shelf and Origami Chair. We're excited to be able to offer these to the Kickstarter community to help us raise funds to exhibit our work at the upcoming Interior Design Show in Toronto.

The Origami Chair and the Flip Shelf. Companion designs that we're offering through Kickstarter.
The Origami Chair and the Flip Shelf. Companion designs that we're offering through Kickstarter.

The Flip Shelf

The Flip Shelf is part sculptural, part functional and all playful! It saves space while folded against the wall and when raised, can be a side table for a lounge chair, a night stand for your bed or a parcel shelf at your front door. The optional LED light is great for reading and when folded, it creates a soft, in-direct mood light.

Dynamic and practical, the Flip Shelf is versatile enough to work in many ways.
Dynamic and practical, the Flip Shelf is versatile enough to work in many ways.
The Flip Shelf works in many spaces
The Flip Shelf works in many spaces
When folded, the Flip Shelf becomes a wall accent. The optional LED light turns it into a light fixture.
When folded, the Flip Shelf becomes a wall accent. The optional LED light turns it into a light fixture.
A simple magnetic catch holds the shelf in the up position. (Flip Shelf shown in walnut without optional light)
A simple magnetic catch holds the shelf in the up position. (Flip Shelf shown in walnut without optional light)
The Flip Shelf with optional LED includes a UL rated wall adapter
The Flip Shelf with optional LED includes a UL rated wall adapter

The Origami Chair

We love this chair! Inspired by papercraft, we designed it to be simple and beautiful. The origami chair’s nest-like shape is generous and ergonomic, while the thin baltic birch shell keeps it efficient and minimal. The facets of the shell are connected with piano hinges - this give the chair some flex for added comfort.The thin shell sits on top of an elegantly folded steel frame. You can choose your finish in natural walnut veneer or 3 bright, solid-colour laminates.

Please see the FAQ below regarding international shipping for the Origami Chair.

The shell unfolds and attaches to the steel base.
The shell unfolds and attaches to the steel base.
Available in walnut veneer as well as durable high pressure laminate
Available in walnut veneer as well as durable high pressure laminate
the Origami Chair is carefully designed to be shipped flat
the Origami Chair is carefully designed to be shipped flat
The final chair base design uses flush fasteners and is simple to assemble.
The final chair base design uses flush fasteners and is simple to assemble.

The Rewards

$10 reward - an Origami Chair thank you card. Fold it into your very own miniature Origami Chair
$10 reward - an Origami Chair thank you card. Fold it into your very own miniature Origami Chair
$30 reward - set of 4 coasters. Walnut-backed laminate in 4 different Origami Chair configurations.
$30 reward - set of 4 coasters. Walnut-backed laminate in 4 different Origami Chair configurations.

Who We Are

Andrea Kordos and Tony Round
Andrea Kordos and Tony Round

We are both architects and partners of blackLAB architects inc in Toronto, Ontario. Along with our two other partners and friends, Joe and Sarah Knight, we founded our firm in 2012 and specialize in modern residential architecture. We love to design spaces for living in - it’s hard not to dream about furniture too! Through Kickstarter, we are excited make our unique furniture designs accessible to you. If you are curious to learn more about our buildings visit us at: blacklabarchitects.com

We've both been designing and building furniture for more than 10 years now. Also, Tony Round worked with Ivan Ilic last year to launch Made to Measure Modern on Kickstarter. Working through a Kickstarter campaign from start to finish has been a very valuable experience and informed a lot of aspects of this project.

On Twitter we're @AndreaKordos and @t_round. Find us on Instagram as well!

Earlier work: these benches for blackLAB were a precursor to the Origami Chair and we built these using similar connection details
Earlier work: these benches for blackLAB were a precursor to the Origami Chair and we built these using similar connection details

Why Kickstarter 

Being able to share with a wider audience makes any project much more rewarding. We've put together this Kickstarter campaign to help us raise funds to exhibit the Origami Chair and Flip Shelf at a show called Studio North in January 2015. This is part of the 2015 Interior Design Show which is the heart of Toronto's design week.

We also appreciate that Kickstarter is a unique opportunity to make our creations available directly to a wonderful and supportive community!

Origami Chair parts in production
Origami Chair parts in production

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Risks and challenges

We've worked on a Kickstarter project before (Tony Round worked with Ivan Ilic to bring you Made to Measure Modern) and fully understand the reality of fulfilment. For this reason we've limited the number of Flip Shelves and Origami Chairs we'll need to produce in the short term. We've given ourselves what we feel are conservative ship dates.

Shipping furniture is always a challenge, and again we've learned from past experience. Indeed part of the thinking behind the furniture we've developed is that reducing volume by folding the furniture goes a long way to controlling shipping costs.

We have the means and the knowledge to fabricate these products ourselves - we've been building furniture for years.

We fully understand that ongoing communication with backers, in the form of project updates and timely replies to questions, is critical in maintaining accountability.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    Origami Chair papercraft. Pop out this pre-cut template to fold your own miniature Origami Chair. Includes a hand-written thank you note to show how grateful we are for your support!

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    Set of 4 Coasters. With a walnut veneer back and durable laminate top, these laser cut coasters feature the geometry of the Origami Chair in 4 different configurations

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    Pledge CA$ 95 or more About $87

    Earlybird FLIP SHELF (no light). Your choice of laminate finish, or walnut (add $20). Canadian shipping included. Add $20 for shipping to US. Add $50 for shipping anywhere else.

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    FLIP SHELF (no light). Your choice of laminate finish, or walnut (add $20). Canadian shipping included. Add $20 for shipping to US. Add $50 for shipping anywhere else.

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    Pledge CA$ 130 or more About $119

    Earlybird FLIP SHELF with integral LED light. Your choice of laminate finish, or walnut (add $20). Canadian shipping included. Add $20 for shipping to US. Add $50 for shipping anywhere else.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $138

    Flip Shelf *with integral LED light*. Your choice of laminate finish, or walnut (add $20). Canadian shipping included. Add $20 for shipping to US. Add $50 for shipping anywhere else.

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    Pledge CA$ 600 or more About $551

    Limited Edition ORIGAMI CHAIR. The chair design that started our obsession with foldable furniture. Available with solid colour laminate finish or walnut veneer (add $100). This limited edition will be hand made by the designers, numbered and signed. (CANADIAN OR US BACKERS ONLY at this time)

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    Pledge CA$ 700 or more About $643

    ORIGAMI CHAIR. The chair design that started our obsession with foldable furniture. Available with solid colour laminate finish or walnut veneer (add $100). These chairs will be part of the first production run. Add $75 for shipping to US. For shipping anywhere else, please contact us for a shipping quote first.

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Funding period

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