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Clam chair

January 22, 2013

The Clam chair is a portable seat made from American walnut veneered hoop pine, plywood and woollen felt upholstery.

Originally conceived by RMIT students Benjamin Brayshaw, Ben Grant and Tharindu Abeyratne, the Clam Chair is a portable seat made from American walnut veneered hoop pine, plywood, flexible PVC and woollen felt upholstery.

“The initial inspiration for the chair was a segmented solid chair that wrapped around the user,” says Brayshaw, who will present the chair at this year’s ‘The Edge’ component of the Australian International Furniture Fair in Sydney.

“During prototyping I made a cardboard mock-up and found that the segments allowed for an unusual function. I then further developed on that path, which is when I discovered the design lent itself to the form of a clam shell.”

The chair is designed to be mobile and used as a beach chair, among other things. “I envisage the chair being used for outdoor cinemas, the beach, festivals, and even just sitting in your backyard,” continues Brayshaw.

The chair gathered a fair amount of attention last year, winning the Australian Furniture of the Year Student Design Award for Victoria and Tasmania.

The Edge will take place from 6-8 February as part of the Australian International Furniture Fair in Sydney, and gives new and emerging designers to opportunity to showcase their designs and compete for the Edge Excellence in Design Award.


  • kristine January 22nd, 2013 8:18 pm

    Its really cool. easy to carry and comfortable too.

  • Mr Internet January 23rd, 2013 1:19 pm


  • rupert June 7th, 2013 1:17 pm

    I would like to see a video of the Clam Chair being folded and unfolded as well as being sat on.

    On your way to the beach you can wear it as a hat ;0

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