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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1733648 01.02.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001733648
Titel In einen Liegestuhl umwandelbarer Sitz
Anmelder Pro-Cord S.p.A., Bologna, IT
Erfinder PIRETTI, Alessandro, I-40129, Bologna, IT
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 15.05.2006
EP-Aktenzeichen 061139218
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 20.12.2006
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 01.02.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse A47C 1/028(2006.01)A, F, I, 20061121, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse A47C 5/10(2006.01)A, L, I, 20061121, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates to a chair convertible into chaise-longue. A chaise-longue is an armchair with anatomical shape that enables the user to assume a semi-reclined position. A chaise-longue is traditionally formed by three portions with different inclinations: a backrest portion, an intermediate portion and a footrest portion. When the user is seated on a chaise-longue, his/her knees are usually at a greater height than his/her hips and feet.

The object of the present invention is to provide a chair that can be converted into a chaise-longue, and vice versa, with a few simple operations.

According to the present invention, said object is achieved by a chair having the characteristics set out in the claims.

The present invention shall now be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings, provided purely by way of non limiting example, in which:

  • Figures 1 and 2 are perspective views of a convertible chair according to the present invention respectively in the chair and chaise-longue configuration,
  • Figures 3, 4 and 5 are lateral views illustrating the sequence of conversion of the chair into chaise-longue,
  • Figure 6 is an enlarged scale perspective view of the part indicated by the arrow VI in Figure 1,
  • Figure 7 is a perspective view of the part indicated by the arrow VII in Figure 6,
  • Figure 8 is a perspective view showing the detail of Figure 6 in the position corresponding to that of Figure 2,
  • Figure 9 is a perspective view showing only the base structure of the chair,
  • Figure 10 is an enlarged scale side view of the detail indicated by the arrow X in Figure 1,
  • Figures 11 and 12 illustrate the sequence of motion of the movable support element of Figure 10,
  • Figures 13 and 14 are perspective views of a second embodiment of the convertible chair according to the present invention respectively in the chair and chaise-longue configuration,
  • Figures 15 and 16 are perspective views of a third embodiment of the convertible chair according to the present invention respectively in the chair and chaise-longue configuration,
  • Figures 17-20 are schematic lateral views illustrating the sequence for converting the chair of Figure 15 into chaise-longue,
  • Figure 21 is a perspective view showing two chairs according to the third embodiment of the invention in mutually nested position.

With reference to the drawings, the number 10 designates a convertible chair according to the present invention. Figure 1 shows the convertible chair in the chair configuration and Figure 2 shows the same chair in the chaise-longue configuration.

The chair 10 comprises a stationary base structure 12 including, on each side of the chair, a metallic tubular element 14 with substantially inverse V shape with two inclined branches 16, 18 which, in the chair configuration, respectively constitute a rear leg and a front leg.

Figure 9 shows only the stationary base structure 12 of the convertible chair according to the present invention. It is readily apparent that each of the two inverse V shaped tubular elements 14 bears, at its upper end, a metallic plate 20 fastened, e.g. by means of welding, to the respective tubular element 14. The plates 20 of the two tubular elements 14 are fastened to each other by means of a transverse tubular member 22. The two segments 16 of the two tubular elements 14 are fastened to each other by means of a plurality of thin transverse metallic rods 24, mutually parallel, whose ends are fastened, e.g. by welding, to the branches 16 of the tubular elements 14.

With reference again to Figure 9, to each plate 20 is fastened a respective articulation pin 26. The two articulation pins 26 are mutually coaxial and define a transverse articulation axis. Each plate 20 is also provide with an arched groove 27 with its centre on the transverse axis defined by the pins 26. A covering element 21 is fastened to the outer side of each plate 20.

With reference to Figure 2, the convertible chair 10 comprises a first support section 28, fixed relative to the base structure 12. The first support section 28 can, for example, be constituted by a soft panel, by a stuffed cushion or by a layer of soft material. The first support section 28 can for example be fastened to the transverse metal rods 24 that mutually join the branches 16 of the tubular elements 14. The metal rods 24 constitute the framework of the first support section 28. Alternatively, the first support section 28 could have its own framework, independent of the support structure 12 and fastened thereto. The metal rods 24 preferably have an arched shape in order to define a support surface with a slightly concave shape.

The convertible chair 10 comprises a second support section 30 articulated to the base structure 12 and movable between a substantially horizontal position shown in Figures 1 and 3 and an inclined position shown in Figures 2 and 5. In the horizontal position, the second support section 30 constitutes the seat of the chair whilst in the inclined position the second support section 30 forms an upward extension of the first support section 28. As shown in Figure 7, the second support section 30 comprises a frame including two lateral tubular elements 32 and a framework formed by a plurality of metal rods 34 fastened at their ends to the lateral tubular elements 32. The support section 30 further comprises a soft layer 36 fastened to the metal rods 34. The metal rods 34 preferably have an arched shape to form a concave support structure. To each lateral tubular element 32 is fastened a flange 38 having an articulation hole 40 and an arresting pin 42. With reference to Figures 7, 8 and 9, the articulation pins 26 of the base structure 12 are inserted into the holes 40 of the second support structure 30. The arresting pins 42 of the second support section 30 are inserted in the arched grooves 27. The ends of the grooves 27 define end stop positions corresponding to the lowered and raised position of the second support section 30.

With reference to Figures 6 and 8, the stationary base structure 12 bears a locking device to arrest the second support section 30 in its raised position (position shown in Figures 2 and 5). The locking device 44 comprises two arresting elements 46, each of which is positioned on the outer side of a respective plate 20. The two arresting elements 46 are fastened to each other by means of a transverse rod 48 that extends inside the transverse tubular element 22. Each arresting element 46 has a hook shaped portion 50 which co-operates with the movable arresting pin 42 in the arched groove 27. A helical spring 52 or similar elastic element tends to thrust the arresting element 46 into a locked position. An unlocking lever 54 is fastened to each end of the transverse rod 48 on the outer side of the plate 20. The levers 54 are located outside the respective covering elements 21.

Comparing Figures 6 and 8, when the second support section 30 is brought from the lowered position of Figure 6 to the raised position of Figure 8, the arresting pins 42, integral relative to the second bearing section 30, move along the grooves 27 and cause the arresting elements 46 to oscillate against the action of the springs 52. When the second support section 30 reaches the raised position, the arresting elements 46 snap to the locked position under the action of the springs 52. To lower the second support section 30, it is sufficient to raise either of the two unlocking levers 54 in order to disengage both hook portions 50 from the pins 42. After this disengagement, the second support section 30 is free to rotate around the axis defined by the pins 26 to return to its lowered position.

With reference to Figures 1 through 5, the convertible chair according to the present invention comprises a movable support element 56 having a third and a fourth support section 58, 60, fixed relative to each other and mutually inclined.

The movable support element 56 comprises a tubular peripheral frame formed by two lateral segments 62 joined by a transverse segment 64. The peripheral frame of the movable support element 56 can be formed by a single bent tubular element. Each of the lateral branches 62 has two rectilinear segments 62a, 62b mutually inclined and joined by an arched segment 62c. The lateral branches 62 of the movable support element 56 are joined together by thin transverse metal rods 66, preferably with arched shape, that form the frameworks of the support sections 58, 60. The movable support element 56 comprises a soft layer 68 fastened, for example, to the transverse rods 66.

With reference in particular to Figures 10, 11 and 12, the movable support element 56 is connected to the stationary base structure 12 by means of two pivot and slit mechanisms 70. The lateral branches 62 of the movable support element 56 are connected to the branches 16 of the stationary support structure 14 at the lower end of the first support section 28. A connecting element 72 is fastened to the end of each of the two rectilinear segments 62a of the movable support element 56. The connecting element 72 has a slit 74 engaged by a pivot pin 76 fastened by means of a flange 78 to the respective branch 16 of the stationary base structure 12.

The pivot pin and slit mechanisms 70 enable the movement of the movable support element 56 with respect to the base structure 12 between the position shown in Figures 1, 3 and 10 (chair configuration) and the position shown in Figures 2, 4, 5 and 12 (chaise-longue configuration). With reference to Figures 10 through 12, to move from the chair position to the chaise-longue position, it is sufficient to move upwards the movable support element 56 until bringing the pivot pin 76 to abut against the lower end of the slit 74 (positions of Figure 11). Once this position is reached, the movable support element 56 can rotate around the axes of the pivot pins 76 until the transverse element 64 bears down on the ground (position of Figure 12).

As an alternative to the pivot pin and slit devices, two hinges associated to one or two locking devices could be used. With reference to Figures 3, 4 and 5, in the chair configuration shown in Figure 3 the second support section 30 extends in substantially horizontal position and forms the seat of the chair. The third support section 58 is parallel and opposite to the first support section 28. The fourth support section 60 extends upwards and backwards with respect to the first support section 30 and it forms the backrest of the chair.

To move to the chaise-longue configuration, the movable support element is rotated with respect to the stationary base structure as shown in Figure 4. Then, the second support structure 30 is rotated upwards and locked in the raised position as shown in Figure 5.

In the chaise-longue configuration shown in Figures 2 and 5, the first and the second support sections 28, 30 form a backrest, the third support section 58 forms an intermediate section to support the upper part of the legs and of the hips and the fourth support section 68 forms a support for the feet. The third support section 58 extends upwards starting from the lower end of the first support section 28 and the fourth support section 60 extends downwards starting from the upper end of the third support structure. The move from the chaise-longue configuration to the chair configuration is performed by repeating the previous operations in reverse fashion. The order with which the support elements are actuated is irrelevant.

In the embodiment described above, each of the support sections 28, 30, 58, 60 comprises a framework formed by thin metal rods, preferably with arched shape, and a padding element. In a variant of the present invention, the frameworks of the support sections could be eliminated. In this case, the padding element could be replaced by a flexible sheet anchored along its lateral edges to the frame elements 16, 32, 62. As an additional alternative, each support section 28, 30, 58, 60 could be provided with its own framework with related padding element, independent of the structure of the chair and able to be fastened to the frame element of the chair. As a further alternative, the metal rods 24, 34 and 66 could be replaced by tensioned elastic cables.

In this case, the padding layer could be eliminated because such cables would directly form the support surface.

Figures 13 and 14 show a variant of a second embodiment of the convertible chair according to the present invention. The details corresponding to the previously described ones are designated by the same numeric references. In the first embodiment described previously, the stationary base structure is constructed in such a way as to form, in the chair configuration, a pair of rear legs and a pair of front legs which may be provided with wheels at their lower ends, as shown in the drawings. In the variant of figures 13 and 14, the stationary base structure 12 comprises a tubular element 80 with two lower horizontal branches 82 connected to each other at their front ends by a transverse branch 84. The rear ends of the horizontal branches 82 are connected to respective inclined branches 86 by means of arched junction segments 88. The upper ends of the inclined branches 86 are arched and bear the plates 20 and the covers 21 as in the embodiment described previously. The remaining components of the convertible chair are identical to those described previously. In this variant of the invention, the "overhang" structure of the stationary base structure 12 provides a springing capability of the backrest 28, 30 in the chaise-longue configuration thanks to the elasticity of the junction portions 88.

Figures 15 and 16 show a third second embodiment of the chair according to the invention. The details corresponding to those of the first embodiment are designated by the same numeric references.

The chair 10 according to this third embodiment comprises a stationary base 12 formed by one or more metallic tubular elements. The base 12 has two lower rectilinear horizontal branches 12a joined together at their rear ends by a transverse horizontal branch 12b. The front ends of the branches 12a are joined to two lateral branches 12c inclined upwards. The lower horizontal branches 12a mutually converge towards the rear part of the chair. The inclined branches 12c may be mutually joined by a transverse element 12d.

The first support section 28 is fastened to the inclined lateral branches 12c of the stationary base 12.

The second support section 30 is articulated at the top end of the inclined branches 12c of the stationary base 12. The second support section 30 comprises two lateral tubular elements 30a which bear a panel having a first support surface 30b and a second support surface 30c. The lateral tubular elements 30a of the second support section 30 are articulated to the inclined lateral elements 12c of the base 12 by means of hinges 90 provided with integrated stops which define to end stop positions of the second support surface 30 with respect to the base 12.

In the first end stop position, shown in Figure 15, the second support section 30 extends in the horizontal direction above the inclined segments 12c of the base 12 and forms the seat of the chair, with the first support surface 30b oriented upwards.

In the second end stop position, shown in Figure 16, the second support section 30 forms an upward extension of the first support surface 28, with the second support surface 30c oriented upwards.

The articulated connection between the second support section 30 and the base 12 is preferably provided with friction, in order to allow the second support section to remain in a stable position in any intermediate position between the two end stop positions.

The movable support element 56 bearing the third and the fourth support section 58, 60 is articulated to the front part of the base 12 around a horizontal axis positioned under the first bearing section 28. More precisely, the articulation of the movable support element 56 to the base 12 is obtained by means of two hinges 92 which articulate the two lateral elements 62 of the movable support element 56 to the inclined branches 12c of the base 12. The two hinges 92 are positioned on the front side of the inclined elements 12c.

The two support sections 58, 60 of the movable support element 56 have the adjacent edges distanced from each other to define a through window 94 whose function shall become readily apparent hereafter.

The movable support element 56 comprises two lateral supports 96, each of which is formed by a substantially V shaped tubular element, with the two ends fastened to the respective lateral element 62 of the movable support element 56.

The movable support element 56 can be moved between a raised position (Figure 15) and a lowered position (Figure 16). In the raised position, the third support section 58 is parallel to and faces the first support section 28 and the fourth support section 60 extends upwards starting from the third support section 58 and forms the backrest of the chair. In the raised position, the lateral supports 96 form the armrests of the chair. In the lowered position, the third support section 58 is inclined relative to the first support section 28 and extends upwards starting from a bottom end of the first support section 28 and the fourth support section 60 extends downwards starting from an upper end of the third support section 58. In the second position, the supports 96 serves as feet for the bearing of the movable support element on the ground.

Figures 17 through 20 illustrate the sequence of operations to transform the chair 20 according to the third embodiment of the invention into a chaise-longue.

With reference to Figure 17, starting from the chair configuration, the first bearing section 30 (forming the seat in the chair configuration illustrated with dashed line) is brought to a predetermined slightly raised position, illustrated in solid lines in Figure 17. The hinges 90 may be provided with a snap device which indicates to the user the correct position of the first support section 30.

Hence, the movable support element 56 is made to rotate around the hinges 92 as shown in Figure 18. In its slightly raised position, the first support section 30 is fully contained in the trajectory of the window 94, represented by the dashed lines designated by the reference number 98 in Figures 17-19.

Figure 19 shows the movable support element at the end of its rotation movement around the hinges 92, delimited by the bearing of the supports 96 on the ground. At this point, the second support section 30 is raised to its end stop position shown in Figure 20, which shows the chair in the chaise-longue configuration.

To move from the chaise-longue configuration to the chair configuration, the sequence of motion described previously is followed in reverse order.

The chair according to the third embodiment of the present invention also allows to mutually nest two or more chairs of the same type. Figure 21 shows two chairs 10, mutually nested.

To mutually nest two or more chairs as shown in Figure 21, it is necessary to arrange the chairs in a nesting configuration which is obtained the following way. Starting from the chaise-longue configuration shown in Figure 20, first the movable support element 56 is raised and then the second support section 30 is rotated until bringing the second support portion against the fourth support section. In this way, the second support section is positioned behind the fourth support section 60. In this configuration, the chairs can be mutually nested with a mutual approach in the longitudinal direction.


Anspruch[en]
Chair convertible into chaise-longue, comprising: - a stationary base structure (12), - a first support section (28), fixed relative to the base structure (12), - a second support structure (30) movable relative to the base structure (12) and able to be moved from a substantially horizontal position to an inclined position in which the second support section (30) forms an upward extension of the first support section (28), and - a movable support element (56) having a third and a fourth support section (58, 60) fixed relative to each other and mutually inclined, the movable support element (56) being displaceable relative to the base structure (12) between a first and a second position, wherein in the first position the third support section (58) is parallel and opposite to the first support section (28) and the fourth support section (60) extends upwards starting from the third support section (58), and wherein in the second position the third support section is inclined relative to the first support section (28) and extends upwards starting from a lower end of the first support section (28) and the fourth support section (60) extends downwards starting from an upper end of the third support section (58). Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that the second support section (30) is articulated to the stationary structure (12) around a transverse axis, the base structure (12) comprising a locking device (44) to lock the second support section (30) in its inclined position.
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that the movable support element (56) is connected to the stationary base structure (12) by two pivot pin and slit mechanisms (70).
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that the movable support element (56) comprises a tubular frame with two lateral elements (62) joined together by a transverse element (64), each of the two lateral elements (62) having two rectilinear segments (62a, 62b) mutually inclined and joined by an arched segment (62c).
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that each of said support sections (28, 30, 58, 60) comprises a framework (24, 34, 66) and a padding element (36, 68).
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 5,

characterised in that the framework of said support sections (28, 30, 56, 24) comprises a plurality of thin metal rods (24, 34, 66) fastened to lateral tubular elements (16, 32, 62).
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that each of said support sections (28, 30, 58, 60) comprises a flexible sheet without framework tensioned between lateral tubular elements.
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that the stationary base structure (12) comprises two lateral tubular elements (14) each of which has substantially inverse V shape.
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that the stationary base structure (12) comprises a tubular element (80) with two lower horizontal branches (82) connected at their rear ends to two inclined branches (86).
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 1,

characterised in that the stationary base structure (12) comprises two inclined branches (12c) whereto is fastened the first support section (28).
Convertible chair as claimed in claim 10, characterised in that the second support section (30) is articulated to the upper end of said inclined branches (12c) and in its horizontal position extends above said inclined branches (12c). Convertible chair as claimed in claim 10, characterised in that the movable support element (56) is articulated to the front part of the base structure (12) around a horizontal axis positioned below the first support section (28). Convertible chair as claimed in claim 12, characterised in that the movable support element (56) has a through window (94) defined between the third and the fourth support section (58, 60). Convertible chair as claimed in claim 10, characterised in that during the displacement of the movable support element (56) from the first to the second position, the second support section is contained in the trajectory of said window (94). Convertible chair as claimed in claim 10, characterised in that during the movable support element is provided with two lateral supports (96) which in the first position of the movable support element (56) form two armrests of the chair and in the second position of the movable support element (56) serve as feet for bearing on the ground. Convertible chair as claimed in claim 10, characterised in that during the chair can assume a nesting configuration in which the movable support element (56) is in its first position and the second support section (30) is situated behind the fourth support section (60). Convertible chair as claimed in claim 16, characterised in that in the aforesaid nesting position the chair (10) can be nested with a chair of the same kind by approaching them in the longitudinal direction.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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