Swish by Carlo Ratti Associati for Cassina

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Swish is the prototype of a kinetic wooden seat demonstrating the possibilities of “implicit programming” as a new design principle using digital fabrication to create objects that are pre-programmed to take different shapes.

Produced with CNC machinery, Swish is a lightweight seat made of 27 thin, rounded wooden elements. The components are interlocked through a system of individually designed junctions and hinges, each different from the other. As a result, the object can take different configurations, in a way that would not be possible with traditional fabrication methods. This renders the object highly flexible and fully sustainable.

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