NYCxDesign: Interactive Bench Delivers Light Show When Touched

NYCxDesign: Interactive Bench Delivers Light Show When Touched
Design

The Mobius seat showcases the qualities of a new material that appears at first to be opaque black

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 30 may 2017

A one-of-a-kind bench shows how public seating could dynamically respond to the people using it. Mobius is a twisted sculptural ring that first appears all black. The interactive bench illuminates when touched, displaying colorful patterns that emanate from the point of contact.

The Mobius bench is the result of a collaboration between polymer sheet-maker 3form and Brooklyn-based designer Louis Lim. Lim has a history of crafting wooden furniture pieces out of incredibly complex shapes. The project with 3form allowed him to push his design ideas further and challenge 3form’s fabricating techniques.

The bench is made from molded panels of 3form’s Dark Chroma, which allow internal LED lights to shine through, and fitted with a series of sensors that detect vibrations and activate the lights.

Mobius is a one-off piece right now, but it seems an obvious fit for public space seating in a place like Times Square. The video below offers a behind-the-scenes look at the fabrication process of creating the bench.

Mobius | 3form | Louis Lim

A one-of-a-kind bench shows how public seating could dynamically respond to the people using it. Mobius is a twisted sculptural ring that first appears all black. The interactive bench illuminates when touched, displaying colorful patterns that emanate from the point of contact.

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