"I want the user to be the creator for this seat - I just created the guidelines"
Recent graduate from The Royal College of Art, Kirsti Enkovaara is already designing products fuelling our imaginations of the possibilities of traditional furniture. One of her most exciting works, is an innovative seating structure named 'The Body'. Constructed by a flesh coloured strip of six meter fabric filled with rice.
Friction created by the rice combined with the fabric enables the structure to be extremely rigid when bent but also recreating the properties of a cushion. In fact, Japan has historically used rice as a filler in pillows. It is now an incredibly ecological and ergonomic option as opposed to foam which is environmentally damaging, as well as being notorious for breaking up into pieces that choke animals and harm their digestive systems.
The design can bend and curve so it can be continuously reshaped depending on the mood and comfort of the individual. Transforming from a chair, to a bed, to a yoga mat, this is an object interacting with our human needs.