Man designs chair that 'grows itself'

ninemsn staff
11:05am April 6, 2013
April 06, 2013: Belgian designer Carl de Smet has created a ‘smart foam’ chair that expands like popcorn when exposed to the right temperature or electric current.

A Belgian man has designed a chair which he says requires no work to assemble.

Designer Carl de Smet used smart-foam technology to develop the design, which expands from a flat block into a modern contemporary chair when heated, BBC reports.

The chair is made from shape memory polyurethane, which can reportedly shrink down five times its size in only 10 minutes.

De Smet, who has been working on the concept since 2002 using small-scale models, said it was both efficient and sustainable.

"If it gets damaged and it's heated again, [the damage] disappears. If you ship the packaging and something happens to it, it doesn't matter because it isn't the end product; that's in the imprinted memory," he told Dezeen magazine.

De Smet plans to unveil his invention at Milan Design Festival next week and hopes to soon bring the design to life in a full-size chair.

The expected retail price is not yet known.

Source: Dezeen magazine, BBC

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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