Folding chairs tend to be fairly forgettable. The really nice examples are seldom seen, as the serious chair money tends to go towards an Eames or Knoll after getting that first nice paying job. Later, it might go towards a Lay-Z-Boy after the first kid pops out, and even later, one of those back-massaging, butt warmer chairs to really level up that retirement life. Form does follow function, after all, and when the primary function of the form allows it to be out of sight 99 percent of the time, all that’s normally left is a cheap collection of uncomfortable parts.
But Tanner Goods have something else in mind with their Nokori Folding Chair. Over the years Tanner has expanded out from their trademark line of leather goods, diving into other areas like wooden shelving options and other home goods. And this one connects the dots between the Tanner of old and the newer, broader iteration, and features Meridian English bridal leather at the back and seat — which will darken with use — and a white oak frame that’s hand routed, sanded, and finished in Portland.
Available for $550 at Tanner Goods.