Here's a very different take on the folding chair: The OSSA, created by Vancouver-based design duo Johannessen & Clarke. The pair (Solveig and Krystin, respectively) met while they were third-year ID students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and drew inspiration for the chair from skeletal structures of indigenous animals:
It is constructed to evoke surprise and delight with an expressive folding motion through its center spine. OSSA is the Latin name for bones which tributes the fifty bone elements required for the spinal hinge and equally points to our inspiration of anatomy and Canadian wildlife such as venison or wild goats.
The angles and precise spacing of the spine hinge allows the bones to only bend in one direction and lock into position in its open state.
The J&C website is vague about whether or not they're still students, and thus far the OSSA's the only piece there, but we hope to see more from the pair in the future.