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Cube seating

PostPosted:Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:22 am
by joseph_cadden
Hi, i'm a final year design student studying at The Nottingham Trent University, Enlgand. I'm currently developing a project that concerns additional seating in the home. I'm trying to design a piece of multi functional furniture that comprises of four rectangular blocks that when not in use form a cuboid that can also be used as a small stool. When the blocks are seperated it can turn into a seat and also a small table surface. Basically the idea behind it is that current foldaway chairs once they've been used for extra guests etc. are put away and used occasionally. Hopefully with my proposed product, when it's not in use it can still be used and will take up little space and is stackable. I understand it's a bit of a strange concept and i would appreciate any feedback at all, good or bad, or any further links. At the moment i'm looking at ways to getting the blocks to fit together securely without compromising the cuboid look too much.

PostPosted:Sat May 07, 2005 7:19 am
by 1313
Stick them together with velcro pads? OK it is hard to imagine what they look like. When put together they could make a piece of sculpture, possiby when put together also be a large picture? Or even have sleeves for people to insert their own pics.

PostPosted:Mon May 16, 2005 12:14 pm
by Rishi
A small stool implies a 20" cube. It might be difficult to make a table and seat out material of this volume. May I suggest an alternative?

You might have heard of the Soma Cube, which is a cube made by interlocking seven pieces. These pieces are themselves made of three or four smaller cubes(1/3rd the size of the assembled cube). If you make your individual pieces from 12" cubes then when stacked you will get a cube 36" on the side. When separated, you will get many interesting shaped seating surfaces. You can make the units out of PU foam.

Unfortunately I do not have immediately to hand any references to this 3D puzzle, which was invented by one of the physicist Schroedinger's student.

I am sure that a Google search on Soma Cube will get you ample references.

rishi

PostPosted:Tue May 17, 2005 12:08 pm
by Rishi
Rishi wrote:

Unfortunately I do not have immediately to hand any references to this 3D puzzle, which was invented by one of the physicist Schroedinger's student.

I am sure that a Google search on Soma Cube will get you ample references.

rishi


That was an error. The Soma Cube was invented by Piet Hein, a student of Werner Heisenberg, while listening to a lecture on Quantum Mechanics.

My apologies.

rishi