by , 10/18/06

Alain Bertreau, Folding Furniture, Fence Chair, Modular furniture

Alain Berteau, architect, interior designer, and product designer has designed some fabulously efficient chairs that are noteworthy both for their ingenuity and frugality of material. The Fence Chair effectively utilizes a single angle that allows it to be packed tightly for shipping and, once assembled; the individual chairs can be linked to form continuous seating for a larger group.

Berteau also unveilied the Cover Chair at the Interieur 2006 in Kortrijk, where he was chosen as Designer of the Year. The Cover Chair’s shipping box (made with recycled content) becomes a sturdy chair when covered with the included foam pad and cover, again eliminating excess waste and shipping material. While we appreciate the concept of this one, we we regret that it does not have the same aesthetic of the Fence and Instant Chair, and ultimately looks…like a box.

+ Alain Berteau

(thanks, Serge!)

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  1. Henry Julier November 1, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    I think the Fence chair was printed up in the new ID Magazine (the one on Belgium.) It looks pretty strong, but I guess I wouldn’t jump on it.

    Simple, fun, and scalable/modular so it can adapt to different environments. We need more furniture like this!

  2. melanie October 19, 2006 at 11:45 am

    wow this is a very interesting concept
    i like the style of the chairs nice title

  3. Mike T October 18, 2006 at 11:47 am

    The instant chair is quite an innovation but i wonder how much weight can it sustain?

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