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]

Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

A plastic chair is surrounded by trash
Print Your City!

“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]


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