Popcorn Furniture - Carl de Smet
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 03:45PM
PHILIP HENDERSON

I recently came across a video on the BBC website Titled - Self-assembling furniture 'grows like popcorn'. The link is posted below. Further research shows that the project was first published last year, but I feel its still worth a mention.

Carl de Smet - a designer from Belgium has been experimenting with polyurethane shape-memory polymers which can be formed into rigid, usable furniture at room temperature. The form can then be warmed to soften so then it can be compressed into a block of only 5% of its original volume.

The dense block of foam is then plugged into the mains to warm and as it returns to temperature foam structure grows eventually returning to its original form.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22015184

www.noumenon.eu

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