from the innovative mind of lucas maassen and the creative technologies of dries verbruggen, comes the amazing brainwave sofa! although the brainwave sofa is an intriguing delight for the eyes, the true beauty is found in it’s concept. the shape of the brainwave sofa is entirely determined by a three second recording of maassen’s neural ‘alpha’ activity. neural ‘alpha’ activity is recorded during an eeg or fmri, which uses magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate an individuals brain functions. the three second computer file is then sent to a cnc milling machine that mills the brainwave sofa in soft foam. a warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to ensure the shape of the brainwave is honored. the brainwave sofa is a futuristic reference to a production workflow in which the designer merely closes his/her mind, and a computer prints the result as a three-dimensional functional form.
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lucas maassen and dries verbruggen are no strangers to innovative design, and have many prior creations that lead them to this phenomenal collaboration. most well known for his lively sitting chairs, lucas maassen is not interested in the conventional, and his work seems to challenge our perspective of the world as we know it. pictured below are some of his most intriguing projects including: sitting chairs, singing chair, and lucas maassen & sons furniture factory. to learn more about his inspirational projects and watch some awesome short videos, check out his website.
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dries verbruggen, the tech designer behind the brainwave sofa, is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and product creation. the design studio, unfold, was founded in 2002 by dries verbruggen and claire warnier, after they graduated from the design academy. the unfold-duo challenges the viewer to have a closer look by subtly playing with aspects such as spatial alienation, unexpected material combinations, and a good dose of humour. pictured below are their most futuristic, indepth projects including: kiosk, the 3d ceramics printer, and ceramics made by the printer. to find out more about their astounding, technological creations, check out their website.