Pack It Up, Pack It In, Let Me Begin


France has always been at the forefront of radical design. Designer Fran�ois Azambourg takes design to the next level with his unique Pack Chair. At first, it resembles something like a blanket that’s shrink wrapped in plastic. But as we all know, looks can be deceiving. Here’s how it works:

..Designed with the intention of selling it via mail order, the chair is fabricated with an internal airtight polyester cloth pouch and a double lining that contains a two-part liquid polyurethane foam. activating a switch on the side of the flat chair, the user can start the release of the material, causing it to combust and fill the inside. the �pack chair� will get its ultimate shape when the double-walled textile fibers harden on the contact with the emulsion of these two chemical products. perhaps you�ve seen a demonstration of polyurethane ingredients being mixed together, causing a very rapid and almost violent foaming reaction�within a few seconds the form is rigid.

Azambourg already has a working prototype installed at the Design Centre of the UQAM in Montreal, Canada. Perhaps we’ll see his Pack Chair at the local Walmart sometime in 2010?


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