Folditure launched the Leaf chair at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair last May. Gendell and his small team assemble each chair at their production facility in New Jersey, with help from a local fabrication shop who does all of the CNC work.
With the table it becomes a system, it's not just one product. They match and hang up in the closet the same way. And the table clips together. You can have 18 folding chairs and 9 tables and they would only take up about foot and a half of space in your closet. Snap snap snap; it comes together.What are the dimensions and how does the table clip together?The table is 23" x 36", so it's really for two people. There are these little prongs that snap together as you unfold them. It's to position them, because the table is very sturdy and solid on its own. It positions the next table so it doesn't want to move away.Who would benefit the most from this kind of table?
I don't see a difference between the design and manufacturing. I'm involved in every level of the production process. This aluminum composite panel hasn't been used before to manufacture furniture. It's a very thin panel and it's used for skyscraper facades. We developed a riveting system that holds together the pieces in a tight bond and it works very nicely with the flatness.From where does the name "Cricket" come?The name ties into my idea of saving space and helping the environment through saving space. Everything nowadays is "green" and "eco-friendly" and made from recyclable materials, and that's great. But the way we live, we're just cluttering our lives with things that take up a lot of space and aren't used frequently. Naming the chair the Leaf and the table the Cricket are words that are evocative as a shape and as a sound. But, by saving space, we're going to be able to live comfortably in smaller sized houses and apartments. By doing so we're making a difference in the environment, instead of cluttering our lives with stuff. I like the name Cricket because I like crickets, and the table is something that's also sort of subtle. A cricket is there when you hear it: you can hear it, but not see it. But when you hear it, it makes you feel good.
Sara Dierck is a design researcher, writer, photographer and artist who enjoys creating meaningful connections between products, environments and people.