Interactive "Caterpillar" Seating Harnesses Energy From Sitters (Video)

© Pierre Ospina

The future of furniture design may not be as inanimate as one might imagine. Challenging current relationships between humans, tools, behaviours and environments, London-based designer Pierre Ospina has a playfully imaginative way of approaching objects. In this quirky, mechanically interactive set of seating, Ospina creates a prototypical "family herd" of caterpillar stools, which have a bench as their mother -- and which also harness energy from the people who sit on them.

Titled "Hungry Caterpillars," the collection is made from plywood, metal, nylon and rubber. Ospina -- whose mission is to "nurture nature culture" -- describes the project on his website:

Benches are usually designed to resist to their function, the action of sitting. To initiate a dynamic interaction with the audience in its environment, a Hungry Caterpillar offers the possibility of sitting to harness energy. Received through this function he reacts with it, looking for new [co]incidences in time and space. And the family thrives...

© Pierre Ospina
© Pierre Ospina
© Pierre Ospina

Furniture that you sit on which "sits back"? It may seem initially not so desirable to have furniture that moves around after you get up, but it's an intriguing way to re-frame the question of functionality and setting up a whole new field of what's possible. One can imagine how far this concept might go in terms of creating new generations of "responsive" or "genetic" design in the future, where objects and buildings respond and adapt intelligently to changes in their environment, much like organisms would. Cool stuff.

See more of Pierre Ospina's work on his website.

© Pierre Ospina

Tags: Biomimicry | Designers | Furniture | London

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