These pieces use a complex design that changes shape with a simple push or pull

New York-based designer Ian Stell’s ongoing ‘Pantograph’ flexible furniture series is a result of his fascination with rhythms and patterns, and inspired by the 16th century drawing tool of the same name used to copy and scale drawings.

The series includes tables and chairs that mimic the pantograph movement, transforming in size and shape when pulled from side to side, or collapsed for storage. Built using a computer to mock up the geometry before carefully pinning pieces of maple and oak with brass pivots, the various arrangements allow the pieces to fit in smaller spaces or expand for large settings.

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