Sharkman is a new take on wearable furniture from designer Yang Zhao

What if everything you could ever need to function as a human—to work, sleep and play—could be worn? That’s right, move aside wearable technology. The new kid on the block in 2017 is wearable furniture, thanks to designer Yang Zhao.

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Aptly named ‘Sharkman’, she designed a jacket made from finlike extra material protruding from its back. Four square panels sweep back from the jacket’s sides, including a tail-like protrusion behind the backside. Combined with three panels on the front, the semi-rigid material can be folded into multiple furniture configurations.

Although none of the configurations truly resemble traditional furniture, they certainly offer on-demand comfort and privacy. A work station provides a cushion to sit on and a surface for a tablet or laptop. The bed configuration pads the back and rear while insulating light and sound.

Considering Sharkman’s extra material that one has to carry around on their bake, it’s unlikely the garment will become a commercial success, but that is not the project’s purpose. As it is, the experiment challenges our assumptions about the purpose and function of clothing and furniture.

Yang Zhao

What if everything you could ever need to function as a human—to work, sleep and play—could be worn? That’s right, move aside wearable technology. The new kid on the block in 2017 is wearable furniture, thanks to designer Yang Zhao.

Aptly named ‘Sharkman’, she designed a jacket made from finlike extra material protruding from its back. Four square panels sweep back from the jacket’s sides, including a tail-like protrusion behind the backside. Combined with three panels on the front, the semi-rigid material can be folded into multiple furniture configurations.