Collapsible: The Genius of Space-saving Design

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Chronicle Books, 2001 - House & Home - 232 pages
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Gadgets galore! Everything from cameras that collapse to keyboards that curl. Murphy beds, folding scooters, portable showers they're all here. The first ever of its kind, Collapsible is a comprehensive survey of all that breaks down, balls up, pulls apart, and stacks together.

Why collapse? Internationally renowned Danish designer Per Mollerup answers with every imaginable example from the past and present. The inclusion of a Swiss army knife shouldn't come as a surprise, but what about a retractable bulletproof vest, circa 1918? With over 530 illustrations, this book is a must-have for design aficionados and anyone who has an affinity for clever product design. Collapsible is both an ode to ingenuity and an album for inspiration!

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Classifying collapsibility
30
Bellows
68
Assembling
77
Hinging
88
Rolling
114
Sliding
134
Inflation
153
Fanning
162
Mobile functionality
174
Beds sofabeds and sofas
205
Storage furniture
224
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Per Mollerup Designer and author Per Mollerup is director of Mollerup Designlab, a Copenhagen--based communication design studio specializing in corporate identity and environmental sign systems.

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