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Sound/Chairs Get Their Shape From Audio Waves

by Paul Strauss

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 by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

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 by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

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 by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

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 by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

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]




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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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