Interactive Sonic Chair: Final Project Inspirations

My project revolves around the ability to interact with something you sit on, however this is a function and not an aesthetic. Instead, I would like this function to enhance the aesthetic that I would be trying to convey. I just got a hold of Prof. Hertzberg’s 1000 Chairs book by Fiell; it’s rather inspirational for my project. Below is an example of a chair that I really like from that book (p.400). It seems to have the versatility in seating positions that I’m looking for.

Gaetano Pesce. UP5 & UP6. 1969. Stretch fabric-covered moulded polyurethane foam. B&B Italia.

What I’m going for is a sort-of valley look. If you were a giant, sitting in a valley, what would it feel like? What would it sound like? I am continually inspired by canyons. I found myself nestled in a sandstone canyon on Thanksgiving Break. It would be cool to bring this feeling into everyday life.

Luke and Canyoning Club friends posing in a crevice in Arches N. P.

Next comes the interactivity. My buddies play in a band called SuperLounge. Given that name, I thought it would be neat to have a lounge chair that one could play as an instrument. I have moderate experience in using Arduino to translate sensor input into MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) signals to be used in electronic music production. I was considering using some sort of pressure sensors or magnetic field sensors for detecting one’s body. They would be laid out in a grid so it could sense what position you’re sitting in.

First: Wolf & Maiden. Simon’s Stool. Wood and cork with woven elastic ropes.
Middle: Annie Evelyn. Reclaimed Cypress Scotty Chair. Wood.
Last: NunoErin. Interactive Bench.

Lastly, I will have to make my design into a buildable project with the time, tools, and skills that are available to me. I will have to carefully plan out the testing phase, prototyping, software, and manufacturing. I may ask my teammates for help.

Antoinette Baker. Sofa. ~A more buildable model using my known skills.

 

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  • Hadeel Al Gallaf
    March 15, 2019 1:43 pm

    I love the combination of the idea and the aesthetic. Your projects are truly unique and fresh. It seems like music is a heavy influence in your project which always add a cool aspect to them. I think this is one of my favorite projects in this class. Looking forward to seeing your final results.

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  • Joshua Engmorris
    March 2, 2019 10:28 am

    Luke, this is a really interesting a different idea. I think that if you can figure out how to do the functionality well it could be a really cool project. Does your aesthetic relate in anyway to the function? Maybe there’s a way you can connect the two.

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