CLOSE

This Hybrid Seating Is One Part Hammock, One Part Rocking Chair

If you’ve ever dreamed of an outdoor seating option that combines the best elements of both a hammock and a rocking chair, you're in luck. Harshita Murudkar, Shivani Gulati, and Mehak Philip—design students at Maeer’s MIT Institute of Design in Pune, India—have created the Zoloka, a hammock-rocking chair hybrid that’s designed for both outdoor and indoor use, Laughing Squid reports.

As part of a school assignment, the trio designed and built the chair in just two weeks. “As a part of our Open Electives course on weaving, we had the freedom to create anything that involved weaving,” Murudkar told mental_floss in an email. “Initially we started with the idea of a swing but eventually moved on to conceptualising with combinations such as a hammock and a rocking chair (both swing and sway)."

To bring that concept to life, they first constructed a metal frame that could rock back and forth like a rocking chair, using existing surplus materials from their college workshop. Then, they attached cotton fabric to that frame through three different styles of weaving. The end result is a piece of furniture that’s both portable and sturdy (it can support about 176 pounds)—and large enough to hold a person, hammock-style.

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait for your chance at what the founders call "relaxiture." There is no word on if or when the Zoloka will hit stores.

[h/t Liquid Squid]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Pop Chart Lab
arrow
Comics
The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
Pop Chart Lab

Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
arrow
technology
The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them
iStock
iStock

Two and a half billion people worldwide—and 77 percent of Americans—have smartphones, which means you probably have plenty of company in your inability to go five minutes without checking your device. But as a new video from Vox points out, it's not that we all lack self-control: Your phone is designed down to the tiniest details to keep you as engaged as possible. Vox spoke to Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, who explains how your push notifications, the "pull to refresh" feature of certain apps (inspired by slot machines), and the warm, bright colors on your phone are all meant to hook you. Fortunately, he also notes there's things you can do to lessen the hold, from the common sense (limit your notifications) to the drastic (go grayscale). Watch the whole thing to learn all the dirty details—and then see how long you can spend without looking at your phone.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios