concept for a resting space

A little while back I took a furniture class at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. We were asked to design a concept for a resting space, without necessarily thinking originally about a piece of furniture. The first thing that came to my mind is how I wished I could stop time for a while, that would be a great way to rest.

Models closeup

Models closeup

Of course that's not possible, but it got me started on some sketches.

Sketches
Sketches

In each of these drawings there is more or less the idea of a membrane stretching on some structure. Imagine yourself floating on a foam pad in a swimming pool. When you take a particle of water and follow its trajectory it forms a random curvy path. To develop this idea in something more practical I played around with pieces of the bent tubes and by tucking the ends together I ended up with this twistable structure.

Final
Final

I even built a half scale model of it, with custom designed connectors I had a fabricator machined for me.

Large
Large

That's pretty much where it ended. The piece of fabric that could accommodate such a changing structure was a little too complex. But in my early explorations there was something that, perhaps not as cool as a transformable structure, would make a comfortable chair to rest into.

Chair

Chair