Designed to change the way we buy and move sofas, the Elephant In A Box is a collapsible sofa that comes delivered in a compact box and, according to its creators, takes less than five minutes to assemble. Incorporating a honeycomb technology core, the sofa simply stretches out of the box and is secured into place before the cushions are placed on top.
"If you have ever lived in Boston or any of the big cities in the US, it's a common scene to see sofas lying on the curbside," Mohamed Kamal and Reham Khalifa tell New Atlas. "People moving out find it cheaper to leave their sofas on the curb rather than to bring it with them or dispose of it. Having witnessed, and lived, this experience, we realized there had to be a better way.
This is when and where the idea of Elephant In a Box was born. We had already owned a business that uses honeycomb technology in a different application (not furniture). Being aware of the properties of this material and the ability of it to fold and retain its original shape, we realized it was the perfect solution to many of the sofa buying and selling problems."
Weighing just 99 lb (45 kg), the two-seater sofa zips into an easily transportable moving box measuring 27.4 x 38.6 x 18 in (70 x 98 x 46 cm). The box is small enough to be sent via the UPS postal system or fit a small car, and once fully assembled the sofa measures 87.4 x 38.4 x 36 in (222 x97.5 x 91.5 cm) (LxWxD). It comes in three different color and a square ottoman is available as an option.
Elephant In A Box is currently seeking financial support via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Its expected retail price sits around US$890, however, early backers can get their hands on a sofa from US$499 with shipping slated for September 2019 if everything goes to plan. Shipping is available to the US, Canada, Germany, UK and France.