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Reach out and touch th­ese de­signs – the

solid shapes aren’t what they seem!

A SUR­PRISE IS IN STORE WHEN YOU REACH OUT AND TOUCH TH­ESE DE­SIGNS – THE SOLID SHAPES AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM!

Wouldn’t it be great if your chair could re­act to your ev­ery touch, mould­ing it­self to and cradling your body when you move in­stead of you adapt­ing to its one-size-fit­sall form? Driven by en­hanc­ing com­fort and cosi­ness, de­sign­ers have cre­ated pieces with soft, pli­able ma­te­ri­als that might look sur­pris­ingly solid – un­til they move!

De­signed by Harry Owen, the Joynt chair by Lago pro­vides such an un­ex­pected sur­prise: A sec­tion of the chair back is made of rub­ber and al­lows the seat to bend back­wards with the sit­ter.

Also by Lago, the Col­letto bed, de­signed by Nusa Je­lenec and Lago’s in­house team, turns the sleep­ing zone into an all-em­brac­ing space thanks to a high-tech, stretchy frame that can be rolled up or down like a turtle­neck, open­ing or clos­ing the space off as de­sired.

GET TAC­TILE WITH TH­ESE

SOLID-LOOK­ING SHAPES THAT

Bring­ing this con­cept fur­ther, young Ger­man de­signer Thomas Sch­nur’s Rub­ber Lamp and Rub­ber Ta­ble are made of moulded sil­i­cone and, un­less put in place per­fectly, a lit­tle wob­bly on foot. With th­ese soft forms, a solid shape that stands on its own is be­com­ing less of a ne­ces­sity, as in the case of Raw Edges’ Kenny chair for Moroso, which con­sists of a sim­ple pocket of padded fab­ric fixed to a four­legged oak frame.

Tak­ing the call of flex­i­bil­ity and fun to the ex­treme, the Float Ta­ble by New York’s Rock Pa­per Ro­bot has a ma­trix of wooden bricks that ap­pears to lev­i­tate upon ini­tial in­spec­tion. Place a cup on the ta­ble or brush by it, and it bounces. The se­cret: Mag­nets and a grid of steel ca­bles hold the bouncy ta­ble in place – and will make your knees go weak too with de­light!

A rub­ber joint in Harry Owen’s Joynt chair for Lago yields to the sit­ter’s pres­sure for com­fort. above The mattress in Nusa Je­lenec’s Col­letto bed is wrapped in a rol­lable soft-foam band.

Thomas Sch­nur’s Rub­ber Ta­ble stays in place thanks to the suc­tion cups on its five feet. above The Rub­ber Lamp has a dis­tinct ad­van­tage: It never breaks!

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The seat of the Kenny chair by Moroso is made from a sin­gle loop of metal mesh, a thin piece of foam and fab­ric from Kvadrat.

The Float ta­ble ap­pears to defy grav­ity thanks to its mag­ne­tised de­sign. Ben­jamin Hu­bert’s ham­mock-like Cra­dle chair for Moroso has a flex­i­ble net­ting mesh for its back.

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