Japanese designer creates a way to stay safe in the office during an earthquake.
Japan, a country known for its innovative design, also happens to have a lot of earthquakes, which meant it was only a matter of time before the two formed a symbiotic relationship. Mamoris is a chair that transforms into a helmet to protect you from any falling debris, whose name literally comes from the combination of the Japanese words for protect (“mamoru”) and chair (“isu”).
The chair was designed by Japanese industrial designer Kota Nezu of Znug Design, who worked together with design firm Poplife to develop the prototype piece of furniture that can keep you safe during an earthquake. Nezu’s design recently made an appearance at Tokyo Designers Week, which runs until November 4th.
Surprisingly, the chair, which weighs in at around 4 pounds, was designed in a way that isn’t too conspicuous. A 90-degree twist of a dial located in the seat is all it takes to detach the chair’s back, which connects to the helmet. This means it’s easy to don your protective gear as you feel the first tremors of an earthquake run through the ground.
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