Carlo Ratti’s sofa system in collaboration with Vitra generates infinite arrangements and will be presented at Milan design week 2016.
International design firm Carlo Ratti associate, in collaboration with Vitra, have developed ‘lift-bit’, a fully internet-connected sofa. ‘lift-bit’ is on show at Milan’s XXI Triennale, titled ‘21st century. design after design’, within the ‘stanze. Altre filosofie dell’abitare’ (rooms. novel living concepts) exhibition curated by Beppe Finessi and produced by the Salone del mobile. Milano from April 2 until September 12, 2016. this modular, electronically reconfigurable furniture system allows it to seamlessly transform into a chair, a lounge room, a bed, and a multitude of other configurations. the prototype system is composed of a series of single, upholstered stools. each is motorized using actuators, allow it to be raised or lowered in just a few seconds.
‘Architecture has often been described as a kind of ‘third skin’ – in addition to our own biological one and our clothing. however, for too long it has functioned rather like a corset: a rigid and uncompromising addition to our body,’ explains professor Carlo Ratti, founder of Carlo Ratti Associati studio and director of the sensible city lab at MIT.‘lift-bit draws on the potential of internet of things (IoT) technologies to transform our interior landscape, giving form to an endlessly reconfigurable environment. in the future, we could imagine an architecture that adapts to human need, rather than the other way around – a living, tailored space that is molded to its inhabitants’ needs, characters, and desires.’
The whole system can be controlled in person, just by hovering a hand in the air over the seat, or through a companion mobile app. The app features both a series of predetermined 3D shapes and a tool to create new combinations.
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