Even if you’ve advanced to the point in your life where you’ve bought a couch instead of grabbing one off the side of the road, you can always use more seating. The problem is that it takes up space.
So, here’s a chair you can squish to 5% of its size.
OK, so it’s a little more involved that muscling it:
As you may have noticed, this chair needs to be stuffed into a high heat environment, and slowly unfolds as it gets subjected to high temperatures. But it does at least save space in shipping, and if you have a sauna, you can unfold it.
It’s built with polyurethane shape-memory polymers, which act pretty much the way they sound like. Those are crushed into flat slabs. Then, apply some heat and the shape-memory kicks in.
It’s really just a concept right now, but it has some fairly interesting applications for the future. For example, in theory, it’d be possible to insert a heating element between the slabs, so you can just plug it into the wall, and bam, instant furniture.
Dezeen: Noumenon by Carl de Smet