Shape-Shifting Ollie Chair

This folding chair is thoughtfully designed using tambour - a flexible slatted surface fixed to canvas.

$395.00

Jessica Banks & Pete Schlebecker created by

Jessica Banks & Pete Schlebecker

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Are You Sitting Down?

Made of teak and aluminum, this shape-shifting, space-saving chair is thoughtfully designed using tambour—a flexible slatted surface fixed to canvas—for easy opening and retracting. It unfurls with a gentle flourish and retracts instantly with a pull of the cord. The weather-resistant materials make it great for indoor or outdoor use, while the lumbar-supporting shape makes it as comfortable as it is clever. Mounting openings on the back let you hang it on a wall for efficient, attractive flat storage. A sure-fire conversation-starter, it will add functional flair to any space. Designed by Jessica Banks and Pete Schlebecker in Brooklyn. Made in Montreal.

We visited Jess at her studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Visit our blog to learn even more about wood tambour.

Jessica Banks & Pete Schlebecker

created by

Jessica Banks & Pete Schlebecker

location

New York

“I like creation of objects that move and change and don’t always stay what they seem to be.”

Jessica Banks aspires to create furniture that enhances versatility and functionality without the sterile appearance of Sci-Fi lore—think Charles Eames’ and Judy Jetson’s wedding registry. She’s inspired by products that address the demands that current physical, cultural, and technological shifts are imposing on homes and workplaces. Jess has an Engineer’s degree and a Master’s degree from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where she was in the Humanoid Robotics Group. Her undergraduate degree is in General Physics from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in Creative Writing—so you might say she has that right brain/left brain thing down. She also has superhuman peripheral vision.

Pete Schlebecker joined Jess’ design studio at its inception. He’s been a professional furniture designer and maker for almost 30 years and is also a contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine. Prior to joining Jess, Pete was a Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at the world-renowned Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.

We visited Jess at her studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Visit our blog to learn even more about wood tambour.

Made from
aluminum, plastic, stainless steel, teak wood
Measurements
See below for measurements
Ingredients
Care
Do not use abrasive cleaners on the wood or the metal. A mild citrus cleaner is best,applied with a soft cloth.
The finish on the wood can be rejuvenated with a light coat of teak oil wiped on with a soft cloth.
Saltwater is corrosive to aluminum and other metal parts and may discolor them. Clean salt water off after use.
Although the chair is suitable for outdoor environments, we do not recommend leaving permanently outside and exposed to the elements.
Notes
Chair Open: 35" L x 18" W x 20.75" H (Seat Height: 18") (Seat Depth: 15.5")
Chair Closed: 35" L x 18" W x 2.25" H
Chair weight: 16 lbs.

300 lbs. max weight limit
Item ID
45856

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within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.

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Practical, Versatile, Stylish and almost Magic!

5

I added this chair to a collection of chairs in my living room that includes custom chairs and various Mid-Century Modern designer chairs. It fits right in and adds a wonderful happy and comfortable chair to the mix.

Dallas, Texas

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I was disappointed

2

The chair isn't very attractive. The "shape shifting" mechanism doesn't work properly and the chair is very difficult to close.

Roseville ca

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I think this is furniture art.

5

It's a gift.

Teton Valley Idaho

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Space saving...yet beautiful!!

5

We live in a small space and have a table for 4...but will often have my parents over for dinner, so we used to bring in our lanai (balcony) chairs, which are metal and not comfortable. These chairs are stylish, sturdy and comfy!! When we're not using them, they look gorgeous folded next to our table!

Honolulu, HI

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Happy but not completely satisfied

4

I was really excited to receive this gift, I ordered it in May when I purchased a new (smaller) home and it was delivered in November. I'm happy with the chair and its construction, but it's not easy to open with the pulley string in the back. I manually open and close by pulling and pushing on the metal seems under the seat. I have repeatedly read the directions regarding opening and closing so I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or there's in issue with the string or handle. I did feel the chair was expensive, but I also felt like it was made of really durable materials and besides being functional for a small area, I felt it was artistic. I do like when I'm not using the chair it's easily stored behind my entertainment center. I'm happy with my purchase, I just wish it opened and closed a little easier.

East Detroit, MI

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Yes

5

As noted above the grey frame looked a bit too industrial for my decor so I painted in brown. Now it's a perfect fit.

San Francisco

true

Super idea hooked me. Execution passable.

3

Bought for my office. I will use it until it breaks. I won't soon buy another at this price. I strongly support the idea of incubator for innovative design, but I'm a customer, not a donor.

New York, NY

Shape-Shifting Ollie Chair

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