“Mamoris” is the chair you’ll want to be sitting on in case of an earthquake. The brain—pun intended—child of Japanese industrial-design firms Znug and Poplife, the one-seater readily transforms into a hard hat that protects your noggin from falling debris. Japan, of course, is no stranger to seismic activity, making the headgear’s debut at Tokyo Designers Week particularly apt. Equally apropos is its name, a portmanteau of the Japanese words mamoru (“to protect”) and isu (“chair”).
The helmet, which forms part of the chair’s backrest, detaches with a 90-degree twist of a knob embedded within the seat. Because of its hood-like shape, Mamoris covers not only the head but also the neck and shoulders.
The helmet, which forms part of the chair’s backrest, detaches with a 90-degree twist of a knob embedded within the seat.
As far as looks go, Mamoris isn’t the most appealing. (From certain angles it resembles a nursing-home commode for retired stormtroopers.) Should you need to deploy said device, however, chances are, aesthetics are the least of your concerns.