Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

Private Booth

A portable sukkah for the weekday wanderer

Print Email

Editor’s note: In advance of Sukkot, we reached out to architects and designers and asked for contemporary reimaginings of the sukkah. Charles and Julian Boxenbaum, the father-and-son duo behind BUZstudios, first came to our attention with their deliciously innovative Rugelah chair. Now, they’ve delighted us yet again—this time with their portable SukkahSeat. What follows is their description.

The SukkahSeat is a one-person pop-up sukkah for the intermediate days of Sukkot. This collapsible design can be stored in the workplace and carried to a suitable venue, where it is easily opened using a spring-loaded pantograph frame and then covered with a choice of panels. The seat and arm-table fold down, allowing the fulfillment of the mitzvah to take one’s meals in the sukkah. The SukkahSeat can be used by a single person, or arranged in clusters, or SukkahCities, for communal dining. It can be decorated by the user to taste.

The SukkahSeat is 9 x 9 tefachim in plan (the tefach is a talmudic unit of measure equal to 8 centimeters) and is approximately 18 tefachim in height, of which the bottom and top are open 3 tefachim. It has two full walls and two partial walls of 4 tefachim, equaling or exceeding halakhic requirements. The two partial walls and the hinged seat and arm-table provide rigidity. The s’chach, or covering, can be of the user’s choice and folds into the roof frame for transport. The roof and wall frames fit into a carrying case,The SukkahSack, which is equipped with a shoulder strap.

Designed by: BUZstudios LLC

Charles & Julian Boxenbaum

Kashrut Consultant: Rabbi Marc Angel

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Richard Benari says:

Brilliant on so many levels.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Private Booth

A portable sukkah for the weekday wanderer

More on Tablet:

A Grandfather’s Hidden Love Letters From Nazi Germany Reveal a Buried Past

By Vox Tablet — Reporter Sarah Wildman’s grandfather escaped Vienna in 1938. Long after he died, she discovered the life—and lover—he left behind.