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3D Printed Bench Mimics The Human Skeleton [Future of Home Living]

3D Printed Bench Mimics The Human Skeleton [Future of Home Living]
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Svenstedt's Infinity Bench is one of the innovative products that will feature in The Future of Home Living exhibition.

PSFK Labs
  • 7 july 2013

PSFK’s soon-to-be released The Future of Home Living report will launch our first large scale interactive exhibition that will be open to the public on July 16th in an apartment and exhibition space at 101 Apartments in Chelsea. The showcase is a carefully curated collection of products, services and concepts that are demonstrations of the trends in the Future of Home Living report.

One of the products that will be featured in the exhibition is The Infinity Bench created by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt, designer of  that will be a part of the showcase. PSFK spoke to Svenstedt about the ideas behind his products and architecture and his thoughts on trends in home living.

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What inspired you to create the Infinity Bench?

The infinity bench was designed as an exploration of 3D fabrication and the idea of making volume out of flat panels. The parts are cut out serially from flat plywood sheets by digitally controlled cutting machines. At the same time the rings are dimensioned in a layout such that several rings can be cut out of one another, like onion rings, such that less panels are used. On another level, though, the bench is obviously inspired by skeletal structures and the sensuality of the human form.

What is your creative process that goes into the production of any piece of furniture? Is that process different from how you approach architectural design?

I try to develop projects, architectural and design, that are a synthesis of complex and sometimes contradictory requirements or desires. The most successful projects arrive at self-evident forms that function both programmatically, technically, but also emotionally or symbolically. In a building, for example, it is never enough to keep the rain out, if one is not also moved by the sound and sight of the rain falling outside the window. To get there one adds intuition and emotional ambitions to complex problem solving – intuition generally being an  extremely efficient form of intelligence based on past experience.

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What do you see as the next big trend(s) urban living?

I’m not very interested in trends, even though I see them and am certainly influenced by them. What is important is what has always been important in urban environments: quality living space connected to quality public space, from sidewalks to cafés to squares to parks. As for urban living, we do have a greater appreciation today of letting “natural” elements into our homes. The possibilities of letting more daylight and views in, for example, means more or better window solutions. And even mineral urban environments like New York benefit from more exterior contact, beyond the visual, such as terraces, gardens, or other opportunistically sited “green” spaces, planted or not.

What are three things (products, services, interior design solutions etc.) you’d put in your perfect home or apartment?

First off, I have personally experimented with modular sofas, more abstract in form than those from the 60’s, but fantastic for “living” in, on, around, as they allow quick variations and the possibility to break them into smaller clusters. They can make great temporary architecture, and allow one to inhabit even seemingly non-sedentary spaces such as entries or kitchens. Second, people sometimes underestimate the importance of a good floor. Putting down quality materials – even inexpensive but durable ones – is sometimes enough to define the identity of a space. I generally try to avoid continuous flooring, as that tends to neutralize the scale of a space, and add grain or joints to even continuous materials such as concrete or natural rubber flooring. Third, good WiFi, sometimes taken for granted, gives freedom to live as one pleases, the space becoming a mere stage for life and communication.

The Infinity Bench is available for purchase through LeRival, where other innovative home pieces featured in the Future of Home Living exhibition are available as well.

Future of Home Living

Check out our Pinterest board for more of the latest products defining the future of home living, and be sure to come to our exhibition in NYC starting July 16th.

Located at 101 West 15th Street, the Future of Home Living experience will offer an unparalleled glimpse into the lifestyle of the ultimate, modern-day New Yorker, just a taste of which you’ve seen above. From the convenient to the visionary, we will provide an opportunity for multi-sensory engagement with the products, services, and ideas that are at the forefront of modern city life.

Do you have any suggestions about what should go into the ideal home of the future? Want to see a product featured in the exhibit? Let us know by using #PSFKhome on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

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