Time was, when it came to flat, storable furniture, your best bet was a certain Swedish retailer, but designer Robert Van Embricqs has just saved you from spending several frustrating hours with a tiny allen wrench by creating a collection of unique and unexpected "rising" furniture.
For his Rising Chair (directly above), Robert began with a flat surface (hanging on the wall) and let the material dictate the design by making long cuts and forming those beams into the chair's shape. He's expanded his collection to include the Rising Table (top) and Rising Seat (below), each made from a single piece of wood.
In a small space, extra seating can be folded flat and stored until needed. Unlike a flimsy folding chair, these pieces are solid and ergonomic. Robert wanted to show that functionality and beauty can exist outside the constructs of traditional, predictable furniture design, and he's certainly achieved that — Rising Furniture is clever, gorgeous and portable.