"There are some problems with folding furniture," observed mechanical engineer Chi-Hao Chiang, who left his native Taiwan to pursue a Masters in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. "Folding chairs can be folded flat and the seat height is proper, but it's too long for people to carry, especially those who are short. Folding stools are easy to carry, but the seat height is too short for people to sit comfortably, especially those who are tall."
As one of his first projects at Pratt, Chiang set out to create an easy-to-carry portable chair with the appropriate height. His ME background peeks out a bit in the sketches: Plastic Folding Table
For the final model, called the Attaché Folding Stool, Chiang swapped out the MDF for maple, stuck with steel for the connectors, and used Domino joinery.
Chiang subsequently gained his ID degree, and is now working in New York as an industrial designer.
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