Futuristic shapeshifting furniture mimics motion found in the world around us.

Transform is an idea from MIT that aims to create a piece of shapeshifting furniture that may one day be able to react to your personality, mood, or current state of mind. Created by Professor Hiroshi Ishii and the Tangible Media Group from the MIT Media Lab, the table is made from more than 1,000 individual moving pieces.

The motion design is inspired by the dynamic interactions found in nature, such as wind, water and sand. Escher’s representations of perpetual motion, and the attributes of sand castles built at the seashore, were also contributing factors.

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