We last heard from Jessica Banks when she developed and expanded her line of Float tables and shelves. Her walnut veneered tables composed of a set of boxes, suspended in air by opposing super magnets, but cabled to stay in place, were a revelation.

Now she has returned with another fresh take on seating: foldable metal chairs and table with collapsible wood tops.

The Ollie line, introduced at ICFF in New York, includes metal chairs that fold flat, just a couple inches deep. The chairs are matchd with a collapsible metal frame table with sliding top that rolls up and out of the way.

Dianna Budds at FastCompany reports that the Ollie chairs can support 300 pounds and pop open using a proprietary mechanism with internal spring hinges. A string connects key points and when it's pulled, the chair folds flat, at which point it's about an inch think, depending on the surface material.

Ollie breaks bounds like the Float tables. Veneered in Mappa burl, the Float table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables. It’s classical physics applied to modern design. Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret to Float’s dynamic character.


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