Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Brainwave Sofa

The Brainwave Sofa is a collaboration between Lucas Maassen and Dries Verbruggen from Unfold. The design/shape was entirely determined by recording Maassen's neural activity while thinking of comfort.

This is one of several unique works from the traveling exhibit, Bits n' Pieces, featuring work by international designers, architects, computer scientists, and material and technology researchers.

Below is the description from the show's website:

"The shape of the Brainwave Sofa is entirely determined by recording 3 seconds of Maassen’s neural 'alpha' activity the very moment he closed his eyes. The resulting 3 second computerfile is sent to a CNC milling machine that mills out the Brainwave sofa in soft foam. It is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a futuristic production workflow in which the designer only has to close his eyes and a computer 'prints' the result out as a functional form. A warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to the foam honoring the traditional codes of a sofa."

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