This funky take-anywhere chair was created by San Francisco’s Alite Designs, a firm that puts the fun in function by bringing smart designs and cool aesthetics to the outdoor gear market. Their creative director, Tae Kim, grew up in Alaska (hence the love of all things outside), worked at Ford as a car designer (hence the form and function), then moved to the Bay Area to get a master’s degree in product design at Stanford (hence the design brainpower). Tae’s mission is to bring more people together—outside.
Made of super-strong but super-lightweight aluminum and a nylon fabric sling, the Monarch chair weighs only 18 oz. and can hold up to 250 pounds. It has just two legs, but it’s not unstable. With your feet on the ground, you can slide into a comfortable position and rock back and forth effortlessly. When you’re ready to go, the collapsible chair packs into a stuff sack (no bigger than a giant burrito) that’s easily attachable to backpacks, bags and bikes. — Patti Purcell
(on the left) enjoyed the Monarch at Daily Grommet’s recent company outing.
Whether it’s waiting for the 5:09, playing the harmonica by moonlight, cheering your favorite slugger to victory, or rocking on the shoreline, you can rest easy, indoors or out, in your Monarch.