Zip was originally designed as a student furniture project while I was attending college at The Cleveland Institute of Art. This version was a redesign for an exhibition with The American Design Club during ICFF, May 2011.
Zip is two flexible panels joined at the center with a 'C' shaped clamp. Each panel has an array of carefully angled segments that sandwich a sheet of stainless steel. When the panel is bent, the segments lock together, creating a rigid surface. Zip can be collapsed completely flat when not in use.