Like so many entrepreneurial-minded designers today, Daniel Aristizabal and Jose Manual Carvajal of Medellín, Colombia have turned to Kickstarter to launch their company. QSTO's (pronounced "KOO-sto") flagship product, "Suzak," is a chair that looks something like a piece of sports equipment mixed with, well, a piece of camping equipment. The chair form consists of a spandex-like fabric stretched across a curved steel frame, held in place by a single crossbar and a pair of heavy-duty shock cords. Check out the pitch:
At $135 for the medium (based on the video, the large looks huge), the "Suzak" hits a pricepoint that's somewhere between dorm room and bachelor pad; easy maintenance doesn't hurt either. It's elegant flat-packability is also a nice touch, though I wonder how durable the frame is, especially since some users will likely see it more like a trampoline than a chair.
The "Bufa" Chair (below), on the other hand, was inspired "by dress and sewing details: puffs and pleats." The excess felt of the seating surface is crimped into the curvature—the armpit, if you will—of the chair... or at least it is intended to resemble an accordion-like fold.
Designed by MOWO Studio of Wroclaw, Poland, the "Bufa is an attempt to find a pattern for furniture, search for a new solution that would replace traditional upholstery." Of course, at 831€—a sum that would get you eight Suzaks—it might be cheaper to reupholster that old armchair after all...