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Ollie Chair: Space-Saving Furniture for Tiny Homes

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So this is fun! It’s a new collapsible chair, called the Ollie Chair, that’s perfect for tiny spaces.

The Ollie Chair, designed by RockPaperRobot, easily “unfurls” and then retracts by tugging a string — does it get easier? I really love the modern feel of the chair, and I could see them sitting behind a table in a tiny house. Pull out the table, unfurl the chairs, and eat, work or play.

You can support the Ollie Chair on Kickstarter, and get some early bird specials. Plus, you’ll see it in action, which is super fun!

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Ollie Chair: Space-Saving Furniture for Tiny Homes

Video: Ollie Transformable Furniture Collection

From RockPaperRobot:

The chair’s tambour seating surface is made of connected wooden slats that allow the chair to magically morph between seated and flat profiles; the chair’s aluminum body provides a strong, lightweight structure. Viscerally delightful to open and close, the Ollie Chair entices you to sit and relax as much as it enables you to get up and go.

•Space-Saving – The Ollie Chair retracts instantly to under 2 inches for efficient, low-profile storage. It can also be hung flat on a wall for an elegant alternative storing solution.

•Portable – The lightweight chair is easy to transport.

•Sturdy – The Ollie Chair is BIFMA certified to meet safety and performance standards.

•Comfortable – Engineered for comfort, the Ollie Chair is one of the only ergonomic folding chairs in the world with true lumbar support.

•Customizable – The artistic design and wood type of Ollie’s seating surface can be customized to suit individual preferences as well as branding initiatives. The seating surface is also interchangeable and can be easily swapped to fit the occasion or for maintenance.

•Indoor & Outdoor – With its anodized aluminum base and teak seat, Ollie was designed from the start to be used both indoors and outdoors.

•Elegant / Beautiful – The innovative tambour surface gives the Ollie Chair its graceful movement and form fitting seat.


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Hudson
    March 2, 2017, 11:48 am

    This is an interesting chair but I couldn’t afford to buy it at the ‘expected retail’ price of $450; did I read that right?

  • Elle
    March 2, 2017, 12:04 pm

    Excellent design. Big price. Yikes!

  • Susanne
    March 2, 2017, 2:32 pm

    That was just damn amazing! And table also… Before I saw the video I was thinking put legs on back of chair and it can become a table also. I will look up that Queen Ann chair! Gotta see that next. If this chair is 400, remeber that cube we have seen previously? You sit in the cube; when need more seating you remove the top, pull out more wire frames, pull sides off cube and those become seats for the frames. Sits more people but was $800.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2017, 5:41 am

      It really is so clever! Space-saving for certain!

  • kid cardona
    March 2, 2017, 3:31 pm

    Nice concept but a little steep on price. The Queen Ann is $160 and free shipping. Seems these folks need to work on their pricing some more.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2017, 5:39 am

      Consider that this is a brand-new invention. Usually new gadgets start out pricey and come down as they become more common. Maybe not today, but in five years or so 🙂

  • Michael
    March 2, 2017, 7:12 pm

    Great chair for tiny houses and small spaces but with a heavy price tag. I guess it will stay an exclusive sitting piece forthose whocan afford it.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2017, 5:34 am

      Maybe the price will come down once it’s on the market for awhile 🙂 New gadgets are always pricey!

  • Patty
    March 3, 2017, 3:22 am

    I’m impressed! I would say it gives the Eames chair a run for it’s money for design. It also looks comfortable, which is over and above a regular folding chair. Now if it doesn’t mash my fingers when it folds or unfolds we are set! The price? I guess we can’t have everything.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2017, 5:11 am

      I know 🙁 I wish it was more affordable, but it’s hard creating and marketing something brand new! I thought the design was revolutionary though!

    March 5, 2017, 8:09 am

    Impressive chair! But like Natalie says, the more common they become the price will come down, which is true in some cases. I think it is commendable for anyone to come up with ideas to create furniture for Tiny Homes, the more there is the better TH will be!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 6, 2017, 7:41 am

      Exactly! We need innovators 🙂

  • Barnie
    March 6, 2017, 6:12 pm

    Equal parts form and function, without sacrifice. Excellent! The irony may just be most who can afford to spend $450 on a single simple chair don’t likely need or think in terms of “space saving” design… except a contingent of NYers perhaps, who may have oodles of money and not so much space. Bottom line (no pun intended), the price is too high to be at all practical, a balance I consider to be important in good design concepts.

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