Nested Patents (Class 297/239)
  • Patent number: 10455939
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a one-piece, injection-molded stackable rocking chair. More specifically, it is directed to the configuration of the rockers that join the rocking chair's front and rear legs. The rockers' interiors contain a plurality of closely-spaced thin-wall ribs configured so that the rocker's interior structure provides the rigidity and structural integrity necessary to pass the government and industry strength tests. The thin-wall ribs may be, for example, configured in a zigzag manner, forming acute angles with respect to the rockers' sidewalls to form triangular-shaped and/or parallelogram-shaped cells. The rockers' top surface may be open so that the thin-wall ribs and cells are visible from above and the rockers' bottom surfaces are closed to spread the weight of an occupied rocking chair over an area large enough to not damage the floor upon which the rocking chair sits. Alternatively, to provide a different aesthetic, the top may be closed and the bottom open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Cooper C. Woodring
  • Patent number: 10349746
    Abstract: A chair includes a frame having a plurality of legs, a seat coupled to the frame that includes a seating surface and opposing side edges, and at least one ganging arm. The ganging arm is configured to pivot about a pivot axis into and between an operative position in which the ganging arm extends laterally from one of the opposing side edges and a storage position in which the ganging arm is beneath the seat. In one embodiment, the chair includes a pair of ganging arm, where a first ganging arm includes a male ganging end and the second ganging arm includes a female ganging end. Each of the ganging arms is mounted for rotation about a mounting device attached to the frame of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Joseph Koehler, Timothy Joseph Bouche
  • Patent number: 10342352
    Abstract: A load bearing surface assembly includes a molded component of oriented elastomeric material and an attachment loop connected to the molded component, the attachment loop configured to receive a frame member supporting the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Coffield
  • Patent number: 10292499
    Abstract: A chair structure contains: a seat, a back plate one-piece formed with the seat, and an upright frame locked on a bottom of the seat. The back plate includes a convex face formed on a front end thereof, multiple slots separately defined in the back plate, and multiple flexible sheets arranged on a rear end of the back plate. The multiple flexible sheets have different thicknesses individually, wherein a thickness of a central one of the multiple flexible sheets adjacent to the back plate is less than another flexible sheets proximate to the central flexible sheet, and the other flexible sheets close to two sides of the back plate are thicker than said another flexible sheets. Furthermore, the multiple slots accommodate a plurality of reinforcement ribs respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Huang Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 9826838
    Abstract: A chair comprising: a metal frame formed by a plurality of metal elements, including a seat portion having two seat support elements and a backrest portion having two backrest support elements extending upwardly from the seat portion, a flexible backrest panel and/or a flexible seat panel of plastic material having two lateral hollow portions into which respective support elements are inserted, wherein, in a rest condition, there is a transverse clearance between outer edges of said lateral hollow portions and the respective support elements and wherein, in a deformed condition of the flexible backrest panel and/or flexible seat panel said transverse clearance is reduced to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PRO-CORD S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 9808088
    Abstract: A chair with a frame with tubular elements, which comprises two inverted V-shaped elements that form the front legs and rear legs, are parallel and are joined substantially at their inner curvature to a rod-like crossmember, two L-shaped elements connected by the crossmember on which they are arranged in a parallel configuration so as to form a support for the back and for the seat, respectively with first substantially vertical portions thereof and second substantially horizontal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CERANTOLA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Scagnellato, Jeremiah Ferrarese
  • Patent number: 9675176
    Abstract: A lightweight molded plastic Adirondack chair has front legs which each have an inner side wall that slopes inward. A pair of side walls each extends from and along a front leg, along the side edge of the seat and along a rear leg. The side walls vary in height along their length and are tallest adjacent a transition from the side edge of the seat to the rear leg. A front slat extends from the front edge of the seat and between the front legs forming an arch with the front legs. An arm support extends from each front leg to the front of the arm above that leg. The arm supports extend forward relative to the seat. These structural features improve the strength of the chair such that most portions of the chair can be thinner resulting is a chair that weighs less than 6 pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: William E. Adams, IV, Matthew Goodworth
  • Patent number: 9622584
    Abstract: A portable chair includes an undulating wave-shaped body. The undulating wave-shaped body has a convex lower portion which transitions into a concave mid-section, which in turn transitions into a convex upper portion. The chair further includes a support leg pivotally attached to the body and being movable between a closed position for storage and carrying and an open position for seating. The support leg is concave shaped to substantially conform to the shape of the concave mid-section of the body when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAX ID NY LLC
    Inventor: Maximilian M Eicke
  • Patent number: 9625238
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application includes methods and structures for Anti-Ballistic Shelters, including an anti-ballistic shelter having a frame comprising at least one support member, and one or more surfaces comprising a flexible high strength layered anti-ballistic material attached to the frame, wherein the flexible high strength layered anti-ballistic material is layered in at least two directions; and further wherein the layered anti-ballistic material is enveloped around the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SHIELDPRO, LLC
    Inventor: Fred E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9510681
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a monobloc rocking chair. The rocking chair includes a seat, backrest, a pair of front legs, a pair of rear legs, and rockers extending between front and rear legs. The chair is molded of a single material include a downwardly opening cavity and formed to taper outwardly from top to bottom. The cavity is formed by the seat being supported directly from below by front legs and being supported directly from above by a backrest. Rear legs are spaced from the seat. This allows two identical chairs to nest when vertically stacked for compact shipping, storage, or display. The monobloc rocking chair can include one or more arms or be armless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Cooper C. Woodring
  • Patent number: 9510682
    Abstract: A chair includes a support device that is capable of fitting support devices of another chair, a backrest that is attached to the support device or an intermediate support member provided for the support device so that the backrest is capable of being tilted rearwards, and a seat that is capable of being raised from an unfolded posture to a raised posture overlapping with a front side surface of the backrest, a plurality of chairs being capable of being fitted with each other back and forth by raising the seats thereof. The seat is attached to the support device, the backrest or the intermediate support member so that the seat is capable of being raised and rotated and so that the seat is capable of taking at least one movement of forward movement, retreat movement and tilting at the unfolded posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ITOKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Hasegawa, Yoshinori Kurata
  • Patent number: 9392872
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a chair that allows small, subtle multi-directional motion by the user while maintaining the functionality and space requirements of a stack chair. The chair of the present invention comprises motion that is facilitated by flexible supports mounted to the frame of the chair which suspend and support the chair's seat. A range of motion in the seat is thereby provided which is limited by integrated stopping mechanism built into the chair's frame. Allowing the user to change seating attitude with concomitant motion of the chair seat improves user comfort and prevents or delays user fatigue during long seating sessions while maximizing efficiency of work accomplished during a seating session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Smith System
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Saint Pierre, Maurice F. Johnson, William Risdall
  • Patent number: 9173494
    Abstract: A seating arrangement includes at least two seating units connected together, wherein each seating unit includes a tubular frame and a seat supported by the tubular frame. The seating unit forms part of the seating arrangement. The seating arrangement is characterized in that each tubular frame defines a loop (5) projecting beyond one side of the seat (12), that the seat (12) is provided on the opposite side with an opening (21) and a retaining element (24) associated with the opening (21) and that the loop (5) of one seating unit is designed to engage with the retaining element (24) of an adjacent seating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ANDREAS FAHLSTEDT DESIGN
    Inventor: Andreas Fahlstedt
  • Patent number: 9072384
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chair that allows small, subtle multi-directional motion by the user while maintaining the functionality and space requirements of a stack chair. The chair of the present invention comprises motion that is facilitated by flexible supports mounted to the frame of the chair which suspend and support the chair's seat. A range of motion in the seat is thereby provided which is limited by integrated stopping mechanism built into the chair's frame. Allowing the user to change seating attitude with concomitant motion of the chair seat improves user comfort and prevents or delays user fatigue during long seating sessions while maximizing efficiency of work accomplished during a seating session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Smith System
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Saint Pierre, Maurice F. Johnson, William Risdall
  • Patent number: 9060614
    Abstract: A public or personal seating system with interchangeable modular web-design seats and backs is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Augustus Gibilterra
  • Patent number: 9033414
    Abstract: A chair for facilitating efficient stacking includes a seat element having a seat frame, a plurality of front legs attached to a front portion of the seat element, a plurality of rear legs attached to a back portion of the seat element, and one or more telescopic leg mechanisms disposed on at least one of the front or rear legs, wherein the telescopic leg mechanisms provide for lateral movement of the at least one of the front or rear legs with respect to the seat element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SERIES INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Mauricio Olarte
  • Publication number: 20150130236
    Abstract: A chair has a frame with legs, a seat hoop carried by the legs, and a backrest extending above the seat hoop. A seat is carried by the seat hoop of the frame, and has a seat base with a cushion. A perimeter lip circumscribes the seat base and rests over the seat hoop. The seat base has a flexible and resilient corrugated interior capable of deflecting under weight and returning when the weight is removed. An annular bottom projection projects from the seat base between the perimeter lip and the corrugated interior and into the seat hoop, and has an annular bottom surface substantially flush with the lower surface of the seat hoop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MITY-LITE, INC.
    Inventor: Grant Rogers
  • Patent number: 9004596
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stackable chair containing a flexible back support frame mechanism that includes an improved spring system designed to allow reclining movement of a back support frame relative to a seat assembly. The back support frame and seat assembly are connected using right and left spring members disposed in a substantial surface-to-surface contact relationship with the seat assembly and back support frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Daniel Paul Chairs, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W. Barile, Jr., Michael E. Saylor
  • Publication number: 20150076876
    Abstract: A chair includes a support device that is capable of fitting support devices of another chair, a backrest that is attached to the support device or an intermediate support member provided for the support device so that the backrest is capable of being tilted rearwards, and a seat that is capable of being raised from an unfolded posture to a raised posture overlapping with a front side surface of the backrest, a plurality of chairs being capable of being fitted with each other back and forth by raising the seats thereof. The seat is attached to the support device, the backrest or the intermediate support member so that the seat is capable of being raised and rotated and so that the seat is capable of taking at least one movement of forward movement, retreat movement and tilting at the unfolded posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Masashi HASEGAWA, Yoshinori KURATA
  • Patent number: 8967714
    Abstract: A stackable and nestable chair includes a seat assembly, a pair of rear legs spaced apart by a first distance, and a pair of front legs spaced apart by a second distance different than the first distance. The front legs and the rear legs mutually connected by a crossbar, and the seat assembly is supported by the crossbar when the seat is in an operable position. A plurality of casters are each attached to a bottom of each of the front and rear legs, wherein each caster includes a notch that is configured to couple with a leg of an adjacently stacked chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jay R. Machael, Marcus C. Koepke, Andrew B. Hector
  • Patent number: 8960792
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a monobloc rocking chair. The rocking chair includes a seat, backrest, a pair of front legs, a pair of rear legs, and rockers extending between front and rear legs. The chair is molded of a single material include a downwardly opening cavity and formed to taper outwardly from top to bottom. The cavity is formed by the seat being supported directly from below by front legs and being supported directly from above by a backrest. Rear legs are spaced from the seat. This allows two identical chairs to nest when vertically stacked for compact shipping, storage, or display. The monobloc rocking chair can include one or more arms or be armless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Cooper C Woodring
  • Publication number: 20150042135
    Abstract: A chair is mounted on ball-casters. Each leg of the chair is mounted on a caster wheel that is surrounded by a ring of small metal balls, such as ball bearings, enabling the chair to roll freely without scuffing or scratching the floor or dulling the floor polish, and making it virtually impossible for the occupant to lean back in the chair with any stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Louis Larzelere
  • Publication number: 20150021960
    Abstract: A portable chair includes an undulating wave-shaped body. The undulating wave-shaped body has a convex lower portion which transitions into a concave mid-section, which in turn transitions into a convex upper portion. The chair further includes a support leg pivotally attached to the body and being movable between a closed position for storage and carrying and an open position for seating. The support leg is concave shaped to substantially conform to the shape of the concave mid-section of the body when in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Maximilian M Eicke
  • Publication number: 20140252823
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a chair that allows small, subtle multi-directional motion by the user while maintaining the functionality and space requirements of a stack chair. The chair of the present invention comprises motion that is facilitated by flexible supports mounted to the frame of the chair which suspend and support the chair's seat. A range of motion in the seat is thereby provided which is limited by integrated stopping mechanism built into the chair's frame. Allowing the user to change seating attitude with concomitant motion of the chair seat improves user comfort and prevents or delays user fatigue during long seating sessions while maximizing efficiency of work accomplished during a seating session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: William Risdall
  • Publication number: 20140252824
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a chair that allows small, subtle multi-directional motion by the user while maintaining the functionality and space requirements of a stack chair. The chair of the present invention comprises motion that is facilitated by flexible supports mounted to the frame of the chair which suspend and support the chair's seat. A range of motion in the seat is thereby provided which is limited by integrated stopping mechanism built into the chair's frame. Allowing the user to change seating attitude with concomitant motion of the chair seat improves user comfort and prevents or delays user fatigue during long seating sessions while maximizing efficiency of work accomplished during a seating session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Smith System
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Saint Pierre, Maurice F. Johnson, William Risdall
  • Publication number: 20140191546
    Abstract: A stackable and nestable chair includes a seat assembly, a pair of rear legs spaced apart by a first distance, and a pair of front legs spaced apart by a second distance different than the first distance. The front legs and the rear legs mutually connected by a crossbar, and the seat assembly is supported by the crossbar when the seat is in an operable position. A plurality of casters are each attached to a bottom of each of the front and rear legs, wherein each caster includes a notch that is configured to couple with a leg of an adjacently stacked chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: HNI TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jay R. Machael, Marcus C. Koepke, Andrew B. Hector
  • Patent number: 8757718
    Abstract: A portable submersible seating apparatus is provided, including a support member and a plurality of leg members extending equidistantly from the support member. The plurality of the leg members are adapted to be rested on a floor of a swimming pool, thereby allowing a user to sit on the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: James F. Wloczewski
  • Publication number: 20140145480
    Abstract: A chair may include a backrest, a seat, and a frame that supports the backrest and seat. The frame may include a plurality of interfacing portions. Each interfacing portion may include a receivable surface and a receiving surface. The receiving surface may have a shape configured to accept a surface having substantially the same shape as the receivable surface. Each interfacing portion may further include an offset separating the receivable surface and the receiving surface. Each interfacing portion may further include a profile having a length larger than the offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitch Johnson, Jay Calkin, Frank Clegg, Wendell Peery
  • Patent number: 8727439
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for integrated, single and multiple person vehicle car seats, modular car seat systems, dual person car seats, variable base height and width car seats, car seat-inserts inserted into another car seat, foldable, for use in a land, sea or air vehicle, mounted onto the vehicle's built-in seat and used for securing a car seat user within a vehicle's regular seating positions. Car seat systems include components enabling addition or removal of seating positions for a desired number of car seat users as needed, limited only by available width and height space of the vehicle seat onto which it is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Paul Herzberg
  • Patent number: 8721002
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide seating devices having an armrest with a triangular cross-section that twists along its length to provide a support surface with increased comfort to the occupant, in addition to making the chair strong and durable. The seating device of the present invention may also be stackable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Laura Lisa Smith
  • Patent number: 8714652
    Abstract: A frame of rectangular configuration, constructed of structural components and usable in connection with modular furniture. Front and back frame components are interconnected by a pair of side components, and a locking bar member extends between the side components and is movable therealong while remaining essentially parallel to the back component. The locking bar member has a straight edge in alignment with and parallel to a straight edge of the back component, such that when the locking bar member is brought into a relatively close relation to the back component, the straight edges of the back component and the locking bar member can hold therebetween a backrest equipped with cleats in a secure, fixed position, without the need for screws, bolts, pins or other joinder elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ice Magic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Whidden, Lawrence W. Bechtold
  • Patent number: 8690243
    Abstract: A nesting chair having a support frame having a back support portion, a pair of front legs having an stopping member for load bearing in an active position, a pair of rear legs and a rear support. The nesting chair further includes a seat having a top side and an under side for engagement of the stopping member, a support member mounted to the under side of the seat having an engaging end for pivotally engaging the rear support and slidably disengaging from the rear support; and a holding member mounted to the under side of the seat for engaging, and holding the seat to the nesting chair relative to the rear support member in an active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Lee David Fletcher, Terence Douglas Woodside, Gary Neil
  • Patent number: 8657374
    Abstract: There is provided a chair (101) comprising: a seating portion (102) for occupation; a base portion (103) for location upon a support surface; and a connecting portion (104) connectedly extending between said seating portion (102) and said base portion (103); wherein said connecting portion (104) is configured to provide a degree of freedom of the position of said seating portion (101) relative to said base portion (103), such that said seating portion (102) is movable between a default unloaded position relative to said base portion (103) and each of a plurality of available loaded positions relative to said base portion (103), whereby when unoccupied, said seating portion (102) is in said default unloaded position relative to said base portion (103), and when occupied, said seating portion (102) is in one of said plurality of available loaded positions relative to said base portion (103), whereby said chair is configured to dynamically respond to changes in the posture of an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Oliver Duncan Higgs
  • Publication number: 20140042788
    Abstract: In the specification and drawings a chair is described and shown with a resiliently flexible frame having a front seat support; a seat slidably engaged to the front seat support; and a back rotatably engaged to the frame, the back being rotatably engaged to the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: SYNERGY PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Dragomir Ivicevic
  • Patent number: 8613692
    Abstract: An exercise chair which is suitable for use with Pilates and other exercises, and which is more easily stored than existing exercise chairs. The exercise chairs are positioned one behind each other in a line. Optionally, the chairs may be locked together and then tilted up as a unit so that the resulting footprint occupied on the floor is relatively small. The chair has a sturdy base having fewer moving parts to avoid sacrificed performance associated with moving parts wearing out. The chair may optional include handle sections or grips to facilitate performing exercises on the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: John Baudhuin
  • Publication number: 20130328367
    Abstract: An adjustable height chair has a pair of side frames and a seat frame with two seat/backrest portions secured together, with the seat frame pivotably mounted in the side frames. The chair height is changed by rotating the side frames in a direction opposite to the rotation of the seat frame, so that a seat panel which previously served as a platform to sit on becomes a backrest, and vice-versa. The chair preferably has one or more crossbars to serve the double duty of strengthening the frame of the chair, and supporting the seat panels in both sitting positions of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick J. Yestadt
  • Publication number: 20130300079
    Abstract: A chair with a seating surface and a link with two ends connected to the seating surface. A frame with two supporting portions connected to the link and the frame can displace against a bias to allow one of the two supporting portions to move, allowing the seating surface to tilt. A flexible front is attached to a front member on the frame, the flexible front bends when the seating surface tilts. The link rotates when the supporting portions displace. The supporting portions are round and pass through round holes in the link, allowing the supporting portions to rotate within the link when the seating surface tilts. A stop connected to the seating surface and a stop connected to the frame limits the maximum tilt angle of the seating surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Peter J. Haas
  • Patent number: 8573704
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to Anti-ballistic Chairs with the preferred embodiment consisting of a conventionally appearing stacking chair with padded seat cushion and back rest, having a tubular framework with arm rests, having the addition of a skirt section below the seat extending to the floor level. The core of the chair will consist of layers of flexible anti-ballistic fabric, also known as soft armor, wrapped in two directions around the tubular members of the back rest, seat and skirt section. Alternatively, the stacking chair will be constructed of pre-manufactured hard anti-ballistic armor components, also known as hard armor. Two additional embodiments will be folding chairs with tubular frameworks, the first having hard armor anti-ballistic surfaces and the second being able to have hard armor or soft armor anti-ballistic surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Peters Security International, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred E. Peters, Jens Wemhoener
  • Patent number: 8544951
    Abstract: A stackable and nestable chair includes a seat assembly, a pair of rear legs spaced apart by a first distance, and a pair of front legs spaced apart by a second distance different than the first distance. The front legs and the rear legs mutually connected by a crossbar, and the seat assembly is supported by the crossbar when the seat is in an operable position. A plurality of casters are each attached to a bottom of each of the front and rear legs, wherein each caster includes a notch that is configured to couple with a leg of an adjacently stacked chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jay R. Machael, Marcus C. Koepke, Andrew B. Hector
  • Patent number: 8540315
    Abstract: A nesting chair includes a base having a transverse member. A backrest and seat are interconnected with the base. A seat rotation mechanism is configured to allow the seat to rotate from an initial seating position to an upwardly rotated nesting position. The seat rotation includes a first bearing area defined by an underside of the seat, and a second bearing area defined by a separate bearing member. The first and second bearing areas are located on opposite sides of the transverse member. A retainer arrangement is used to secure the bearing member to the seat with the transverse member therebetween. The seat is rotatable about the transverse member from the initial seating position to the upwardly rotated nesting position to enable the nesting chair to be nested with a plurality of like chairs. The transverse member is provided with a stop engageable with the seat for maintaining the seat in the seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Pro-Cord S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 8506008
    Abstract: A foldable seat structure includes a front foot part and a horizontal pole of a height across the front foot part engaged with a rear foot part. A first forward extending part and a second forward extending part are mounted on a horizontal pole of the rear foot part, to be jointed with a corresponding holding part of the front foot part. A screw is used to restrict the joint position. The front foot part is further jointed to a back frame with a back pad and a chair cushion on a front of the rear foot part. The screw of the holding part and the first and second forward extending parts can be unlocked to facilitate the rear foot part to be cross-folding with the front foot part to greatly reduce size for the package to be sold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Oasyschair Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toung-Chun Pan
  • Publication number: 20130200025
    Abstract: A tray system comprises a tray comprising a bottom portion and sides forming a volume in which junctures of the sides and the bottom portion are rounded to comprise convex exterior surfaces. The tray further comprises two loop members disposed on opposing ends of the tray. A connecting member is configured to removably join to a one of the loop members. A lead device is configured to removably join to the connecting member. The lead device is operable for transferring a motive force to the tray to transport the tray over an uneven terrain comprising obstacles in which the convex surfaces enable the tray to maneuver around or traverse the obstacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Paul L. Sempek, John A. Sempek
  • Publication number: 20130187422
    Abstract: A chair includes a support assembly, a chair seat coupled to the support assembly, a chair back and a buckle. A lower portion of the buckle is coupled to the support assembly, while an upper portion of the buckle is coupled to a bottom portion of the chair back. The buckle is configured to orient the chair back at an obtuse angle relative to the seat and is flexible in certain embodiments to vary the angle. The top portion of the chair back includes a top edge and a slot formed in the top edge that extends toward the bottom portion to divide the chair back into left and right portions that can flex relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Ditto Sales, Inc./Versteel
    Inventor: Ditto Sales, Inc./Versteel
  • Patent number: 8454093
    Abstract: A folding or stacking chair has a seat and a backrest carried between opposite frame sides each with a backrest support, a front leg and a rear leg. One or both of the seat and the backrest has a continuous sheet of flexible and elastic knitted mesh or patterned open texture plastic held across and substantially covering an opening in an open-end hoop coupled between the frame sides. An open-end of the hoop faces in a front or a back orientation for the seat, or a top or a bottom orientation for the backrest, with sides of the hoop attached to the frame sides. The sheet of mesh or textured plastic has a finished edge spanning the open-end of the hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mity-Lite, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Smith
  • Patent number: 8454088
    Abstract: Modular stackable furniture systems comprising chairs with modular removable seats, chair-leg covers, and/or chair-back covers. The chair frames are stackable and are structurally reinforced for heavy rental use, with specially reinforced frame, legs, and front feet. Methods of doing event-furniture rental and related business based on the space-saving and modular nature of the furniture are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Chameleon Chairs LLC
    Inventor: Behshad Shokouhi
  • Publication number: 20130099534
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stackable chair containing a flexible back support frame mechanism that includes an improved spring system designed to allow reclining movement of a back support frame relative to a seat assembly. The back support frame and seat assembly are connected using right and left spring members disposed in a substantial surface-to-surface contact relationship with the seat assembly and back support frame members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Daniel Paul Chairs, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W. Barile, JR., Michael E. Saylor
  • Patent number: 8382202
    Abstract: A child safety seat can be formed in a single body, and comprises a seating portion having an upper surface and opposite bottom surface, and two armrests projecting upward at left and right sides of the seating portion, the upper surface having left and right front corners provided with lobe portions, and the bottom surface having recessed portions respectively corresponding to the locations of the lobe portions. Each of the recessed portions has a shape that can fit with the shape of each of the lobe portions. When two instances of the seats are stacked on each other, the lobe portions of the lower seat are respectively fitted at least partially into the recessed portions of the upper seat, and the tapered inner surfaces of the armrests on the lower seat are in contact with the tapered outer surfaces of the armrests of the upper seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Michael H. Gillett, Joseph F. Fiore, Jr., Guang-Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 8366200
    Abstract: A furniture assembly for compact and efficient packaging, the assembly including a sofa having component parts defining a sofa confine, the component parts including a back, a seat, a pair of front legs, a pair of rear legs, and a skirt, wherein the skirt and the seat are removable, at least one chair having component parts defining a chair confine, the component parts including a back, a seat, a pair of front legs, a pair of rear legs, and a skirt, wherein the seat is removable, a coffee table, an end table, an ottoman, and a plurality of cushions and pillows, wherein the furniture assembly is arranged such that the at least one chair, the coffee table, the end table, the ottoman, and the plurality of cushions and pillows are located within the confines of the sofa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Casual Living Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8333430
    Abstract: An Adirondack chair having a lumbar support is disclosed. The chair includes a seat and a back attached to the seat. A lumbar support is provided on the back. The lumbar support defines a longitudinally convex front surface and at least one laterally concave front surface. Preferably, the seat, back and lumbar support are integrally molded as a unitary structure. The back may also be molded to include a headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: William E. Adams, Robert Schreiber
  • Publication number: 20120313411
    Abstract: A nesting chair having a support frame having a back support portion, a pair of front legs having an stopping member for load bearing in an active position, a pair of rear legs and a rear support. The nesting chair further includes a seat having a top side and an under side for engagement of the stopping member, a support member mounted to the under side of the seat having an engaging end for pivotally engaging the rear support and slidably disengaging from the rear support; and a holding member mounted to the under side of the seat for engaging, and holding the seat to the nesting chair relative to the rear support member in an active position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Lee David FLETCHER, Terence Douglas Woodside, Gary Neil