nomadic chair by jorge penades can be worn like a backpack nomadic chair by jorge penades can be worn like a backpack
nov 07, 2013

nomadic chair by jorge penades can be worn like a backpack

nomadic chair by jorge penades can be worn like a backpack
all images courtesy of jorge penadés




exploring the potential of temporary furniture, spanish designer jorge penadés has created the ‘nomadic chair’, a flexible piece that can be adorned like a backpack. the project reduces traditional comfort levels, replacing them with an object that encourages maximum mobility for an on-the-go lifestyle.


‘luxury is not anymore a matter of comfort. nowadays, luxury is to be able to decide where you want to have a moment of peace, a chance to escape from hectic activity of contemporary lifestyles’. says jorge penadés.


the structure is formed without any screws, nails or glue so it is simple to break apart and reassemble. the system works through a series of connections that follow classical wooden joinery, able to be put together quickly by hand. the simplicity of its construction is a key to the ‘nomadic chair’s’ dynamic design.



‘nomadic chair – project by jorge penadés’
video courtesy of jorge penadés



the nomadic seating series collection for an on-the-go lifestyle



the ‘nomadic chair’ is made without any screws, nails or glue



the chair is put together through a series of traditional wooden joinery connections



blue color joinery details



the nomadic chair assembled and flat-packed in the packaging



three nomadic chairs together



the structure, seat and backrest



the different components of the nomadic chair



detail of the structural connections



detail of the seat and backrest



detail of the connections



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  • nice project jorge
    congratulations !!!

    sparola says:
  • A chair that is equally uncomfortable to sit in and to carry. Wood is really not the ideal material for a portable chair. Granite is.

    JJ says:
  • Why do we need to sit on a chair beyond that beautiful landscape. I would rather find a place to sit in that rocky edge

    BK says:
  • Well, this is obviously impractical, wood is heavy and uncomfortable, and easily weather damaged. moreover the design looks incredibly unstable, the leg design only allows it to sit on flat surfaces, and “worn like a backpack” isn’t helpful if it doesn’t function as a backpack. All the parts would make losing or forgetting one a death sentence to it’s functionality. a complete fail conceptually, but good wood work, those lines and joints look clean at least…

    MR says:
  • Yes. Of course. Portable granite. And sand dunes, tree stumps, tufts of grass, & street curbs as well. Brilliant, JJ. Very nice work, Jorge, but perhaps if it were applied in a different context, such as….?

    mkc says:
  • Come on Jorge. This world needs real design to solve its problems. Not cute hipster inspired “scenes”

    sad that this is considered “design” by anybody

    Justin says:
  • Sorry, but I have the opinion:
    1. If this chair designed mobile and convenient for use on the nature, then there is too much detail.
    2. The time required for the assembly of this chair, does not justify its function – mobile use outdoors.
    3. Any standard wooden folding chair in its simplicity and functionality is far superior to the project
    Good luck designer in projects!

    MaX says:
  • A luxury is anything that is not a necessity, and is not about comfort, though comfortable things do tend to be luxury items. While I do like the little clips to hold everything together, there is absolutely nothing inspiring about this chair. 200 years ago it would have been an amazing feat, but today it fails on so many levels. It is too bulky, too heavy, not pretty, less comfortable, and completely impractical compared to multiple alternatives that cost more than 95% less.

    It’d be a cool item to have been designed as a school project, in that it is rather creative, but not something I’d be showing as a professional example.

    Pablo says:
  • really simplistic and lovely

    asdf says:
  • wow people are harsh- armchair quarterbacks or armchair designers to be more precise. Its photographed in a natural setting I believe because its wood, natural just like the landscape. just experimental using no screws or glue it could have many applications such as flat pack furniture or her in japan to go and watch a festival/parade or used for a band to play music or just to tuck away in a small space. The assembly is the fun part. I can only imagine what you (i’m guessing students by the shallowness of your comments) would say about Legos or Lincoln Logs

    markjamesdesign says:

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