‘Mamoris’ chair doubles as a helmet

Keiko Inagaki of Japanese design studio Znug Design displays a prototype of the Mamoris chair.

(Credit: Yoshizaku Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

You’re sitting watching TV when you start to feel the ground shake beneath you. You could dive under the nearest table or run to a threshold. Or you could take your chair and plop it on your head. If you’re sitting in a Mamoris, that is.

The chair can convert into a helmet.

Japanese industrial designer Kota Nezu of Znug Design, together with design firm Poplife, developed the prototype chair/hat for use in earthquakes. Mamoris (“mamoru” is Japanese for “to protect,” while “isu” means “chair”) just made a showing during Tokyo Designers Week, which continues through November 4. Japan, of course, is highly prone to temblors.

When you’re just sitting there looking pretty and not needing head protection, the hard hat hides discreetly under the chair. A 90-degree twist of a dial located in the seat detaches the chair’s back, which connects to the helmet. Turn the impromptu emergency gear upside down for head, neck, and back protection.

The chair weighs about 3 pounds in its current iteration.

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