Good to look at, ingenious in its design and potentially very comfortable. The ‘Polymorphic Kinetic Installation’ is a truly pioneering piece. This innovative outdoor furniture design presents modern seating with an instant sculptural appeal. What is even more fascinating is that it has hidden kinetic properties. Described as an ‘instillation’, the designers say that the actions of their innovative furniture design was inspired by two types of children’s toy’, the ‘Slinky’ and a traditional See Saw. The combined actions of these provided the engineering solution that enabled the kinetic properties of the seating unit. The connection to toys is also appreciable as this kinetic instillation does invite an element of playful interaction.
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The structure of this innovative outdoor furniture design is composed of a double-sided bench which ‘morphs’ through a series of unique and interconnected shapes from a full recliner into a series of differently configured seating units. Each small section of the bench is linked via a clever system of pivots and bolts. This enables any vertical movement of one segment to be picked up by other sections further along the seat. In combination, this mechanism allows the seating unit to change from a sequence of level divisions into a continuous undulating form which as the designers say may be ‘activated through interaction with its occupants’.
This is undeniably a very complex and innovative outdoor furniture design. The success of the unit is even more remarkable when you consider that the designer team had to research how the numerous different positions of the bench would support the body, not only comfortably but also safely. Computerized design aids were used to assist in this seemingly impossible task. Happily for the user, the operation of this furniture piece is remarkably simple. The unit is activated purely by the action of the occupants shifting their weight to achieve the most comfortable supported position.
Innovative outdoor furniture design by Students of Columbia University
Looking at the elegant sculptural appearance of the innovative outdoor furniture design its hard to imagine the complexities involved in the design process, this is probably a good thing. It is fabricated from mellow timber sections with small gaps in between each piece. Patterns of light on the surface cause a shifting dynamic quality. The curvilinear forms and warm coloration ensure that this piece is fascinating to look at even when not in use. The designers are hopeful that their innovative furniture design will attract attention so that the ‘Polymorphic Kinetic Installation’ may be developed further. This revolutionary piece of furniture with its aesthetic and playful appeal could be popular in private homes but also has potential for use in public spaces such as galleries, schools and offices.
Amazing Polymorphic Kinetic Installation