Making Furniture Interactive

September 6, 2007

Filed under: Exercise 1: What Is?,Greg Saul — gregsaul @ 12:35 am

What is interactive Furniture?

“iBar is a system for the interactive design of any bar-counter. Integrated video-projectors can project any content on the milky bar-surface. The intelligent tracking system of iBar detects all objects touching the surface. This input is used to let the projected content interact dynamically with the movements on the counter. Objects can be illuminated at their position or virtual objects can be “touched” with the fingers.” from iBar

comment What I find interesting about this piece is how the context of the place influences the design, how objects used in the space for example glasses are used as part of the interaction and how the design enhances interaction between people in that space and provides a new and possibly less scary way to make social connections with strangers in that space.


“The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined.
Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.” from frontdesign

comment Is this interactive furniture? I find it interesting that in this design your interaction with a environment directly influences the furniture it’s self. In this design the interaction is intentional and you directly sketch the furnitures form, but could this process be more abstract where a interaction with a environment or piece of furniture only influences the furnitures form or influences the design of a piece of furniture that is fabricated later.

“designed by nina farkache, 2001 for droog design. wanting to have people get closer, the ‘come a little closer’ bench was designed so that when you sit on it, you cannot avoid making contact with another person. the discs slide over the rolling marbles, which allows people to play, which in turn can bring them closer together. made of steel, glass and MDF, ‘come a little closer’ comes in a 3 seater and a 5 seater.”

“come a little bit closer”

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