Portable chairs have been around foreeeeever, foldable, packable, modular, you name it, making sure we stay comfy just about anywhere – at the beach, in the stands, at the park, at the festival. From aluminum tube-framed ones to pure cushion ones to ones that are part of backpacks, portable seating has caught our imagination for decades (probably centuries, really). Either because we’re lazy or because we’re practical (or a little of both), we’ve put into practice some truly ingenious ideas and designs in order to ensure that there’s seating wherever we go.
Leano is no different, and its genius is partly in its simplicity. Three dowel-type lengths of wood and a long runner of fabric come together to provide you with reclined-style seating or flat-body lounging anywhere you find yourself.
At one end of the runner is a sewn-in pocket for the length of wood with the greatest diameter. The other two pieces fit end-wise into holes drilled at 96° angles in the first piece, inserted into its pocket. These become the sticks that prop your back up when you set their other ends onto or into the ground. The sticks are assembled using magnets already placed in the wood in key locations (the magnets are a nice extra touch, not necessary for the functioning of the chair – you can put everything together without the use of magnets as well). Geometry and physics makes sure it all works and doesn’t collapse while you’re trying to chelax – as you sit against the end of fabric held up by this wooden goalpost-like setup, you apply the counterweight required to keep the sticks upright.
Snap crackle pop, you have a recliner at your disposal. Or, if you’re sitting on the edge of a dock, you can hang your legs and the other end of the runner over the edge for a full chair experience. Or, you can simply lay down on the fabric and take a nappy.
Besides its simplicity, the beauty of this chair is in its portability. When moving about, the wood and fabric can be rolled up into a tight bundle that is narrower than a high-tech sleeping bag and lighter than an iPad Air, according to the producers. We can see the Leano being used for everything from remote backpacking trips to afternoons on the local beach.
The inventors haven’t just run a successful Kickstarter campaign to rake in a bunch of money and launch their own company; they’ve opensourced the design so that anyone can construct their own Leano. Neato mosquito, if you ask us.
What improvements would you make in building your own Leano, if any? Maybe replace the wood with strong yet even lighter-weight material? Make the frame parts collapsible for different packing sizes? Your imagination is the limit, you lazy sod, you.