The Mamoris looks like your typical chair, except for its dome-like design at the bottom of the seat. Upon closer inspection, it might look like one of those bedside commodes, albeit a particularly futuristic-looking one. But it’s not a portable toilet, though. Rather, it doubles as a helmet in case you find yourself in danger from being injured from falling objects, like, say, during an earthquake.
It was designed by Japanese industrial designer Kota Nezu of Znug Design in collaboration with design firm Poplife. It makes sense, since hundreds of earthquakes rock Japan every year. The Mamoris was unveiled recently at Tokyo Designers Week, which wrapped up yesterday.
So how exactly does the Mamoris go from chair to helmet? A quick 90-degree twist on the chair’s dial detaches the rest from the seat, which can then be turned upside down and used as a helmet. Pretty ingenious, right?
VIA [ C|NET ]