“To what degree is the object you’re creating capable of dictating its own design? Is it even possible for an object to ‘tell’ for which form its best suited? And if so, what will the end result be?” Following this train of thought, designer Robert Van Embricqs created The Rising Chair, a bamboo seat that assembles in just a few seconds. Made from interconnected, renewable bamboo slats, this pop-up seat starts off as a flat surface and only needs to be pulled upwards to create a chair.
In the designer’s own words, “The foundation of any chair is the flat surface you’ll eventually sit down on. Using this notion as a starting point, I made several cuts in a wood sheet and pulled up the different beam-like strands from the surface.”
Like any normal chair, Embricqs’ design features a back, a seat and legs, all crafted for a flowing wooden form that is as sleek as it is strong. The collapsible design also makes storage simple—although we find it hard to believe that anyone would want to hide such a unique design.
Embricqs is fascinated by what makes something aesthetically pleasing and the complexities found in natural forms like bone structure, plant life and movement. You can explore more of his designs at his website here.
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