Tofu-like “Breathing Chair” Adjusts Shape According to Weight and Pressure

Tofu-like “Breathing Chair” Adjusts Shape According to Weight and Pressure
Design

Inspired by plant cells and a knee condition, Taiwanese industrial designer Yu-Ying Wu has won red dot's international design award in the home furniture category with her tofu-shaped chair.

Kyle Studstill
  • 28 october 2009

Inspired by plant cells and a knee condition, Taiwanese industrial designer Yu-Ying Wu has won red dot’s international design award in the home furniture category with her tofu-shaped chair. Cells of high-density, 100% environmentally-friendly plastic foam have been carefully crafted and placed throughout the chair’s interior such that voids of varying sizes form in response to the weight and posture of a person sitting on it. When pressure is removed, the cells spring back to form the original cube shape.

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