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Sound/Chairs Get Their Shape From Audio Waves

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This wild piece of modern furniture may look like an abstract shape from the mind of its creator, but it’s actually been precisely engineered from a 3-dimensional waveform plot of a brief audio clip.

sound chair

To make his Sound/Chair, designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez started with a 3D plot based on the volume, time and frequency of a short piece of audio.

sound chair graph

He then fed the data into a computer-controlled water-jet cutter, which carves the body of each individual chair from a block of Polyethelene foam (the original prototype was hand-cut by the designer himself).

sound chair detail 1

In the process of coming up with the right audio recipe for his Sound/Chair, Plummer-Fernandez experimented with 719 unique sounds before he found the one that was just right for a comfy chair, with proper arm-rests. (It also looks like it might give you an unintentional back and butt massage from the look of all those nubby surfaces).

sound chair detail 2

The Sound/Chair is available now from upscale UK retailer Selfridges in limited quantities for the low, low price of £3950 (appx. $7015 USD).

[via CoolHunting and MocoLoco]







Comments (3):

  1. CoolProducts says:

    I wonder how comfortable this chair would be..

  2. Ken says:

    It should be fluffy and comfortable. :)

    Anyway, it’s not the precise engineering from the 3D waveform. It got a smoother surface so your it won’t hurt your body! ;)

    Check out Matthew’s comment (MP-F) at this blog post about the smoother surface.

  3. CoolProducts says:

    I’ll have to check out the comfier chairs then! I bet they’d be a cool piece to have!

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