Handmade Convertible Chairs Inspired by the Human Spine

In trying to create the "perfect chair," designer Mindaugas Zilionis looked to one of the human body's most important parts for inspiration: the spine. After nearly a decade of planning and building prototypes, Zilionis has created the Spyndi, a piece of furniture that consists of 1260 interlocking pieces of wood. The pieces form 60 elements that can be reconfigured to make various chair, stool, or table designs.

According Spyndi's Kickstarter page, each piece of wood used to form the chair is shaped and sanded by hand, and treated with oil so that it can be used indoors or outside. Each of the wooden sticks is designed to slide onto one another, and an Allen key controls the locking system to ensure that your custom furniture creation is sturdy yet flexible.

Backers who pledge enough to reserve their own Spyndi (around $852) will be given an edition that has copper ends on each of the 60 pieces, and they will also receive a lifetime warranty on the product. Spyndi still needs to raise just over $24,000, so if this is a must-have for you, pledge some cash and share the design project with your friends before the July 6 deadline.

[h/t Kickstarter]

Images via Spyndi on Kickstarter

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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