Instant Lounge – 即时休息室 UEOdesign In the urban context, the flux of people constantly redefines public space throughout the day. How can digital fabrication address this impermanence? What if public space could identify the sitting and lounging needs of pedestrians throughout the day to provide instant furniture? In a train station or airport, for example, the platform should be empty during rush hours, filled with temporary chairs during delays, provide conversation chairs in the evening and finally lounging beds for overnight connections.
Conventionally, digital fabrication is used to construct permanent parts of buildings in a workshop or factory. Instant Lounge uses a digital fabrication method to create temporary furniture for inhabitation in public spaces. The system of construction is a cable machine that is anchored into the ceiling. The machine lays a thick rope into various seating, playing, and sleeping configurations that respond to demand.
Once a seating configuration is no longer needed, the rope is swallowed by the machine and recomposed into a new configuration. Similar to a 3D printer, Instant Lounge layers material to build, but unlike a 3D printer, the machine continually reuses the material. One Ottoman chair will take 10 minutes to make, and an entire installation of furniture will take approximately forty minutes. After the machine has finished making furniture, visitors can use the furniture for forty minutes. The machine is constantly making different furniture configurations. The machine operates at the ceiling level, so it does not interfere with the activity of people below. The rope is made from a continuous cotton tube filled with cherry pits that can decompose and merge with nature after being discarded.
Credits: Yaoyi Fan 樊瑶祎, Gabriel Munnich, Pablo Toubes-Rieger, Leslie Dougrou.
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