Stockholm Design Week is in full swing, and one of the major news coming from the event is that of Samsung’s collaboration with Stockholm-based design firm, Form Us With Love. The South Korean consumer and electronics industry commissioned Form Us With Love to design the furniture of the future.
Samsung wanted the Stockholm-based studio to idealize and prototype a watching platform ‘showing how the future of the sofa may look’. In pursuit of furniture that adapts to tomorrow’s potential TV technology and user consumption, Samsung was graced with a hammock, and I am not even kidding.
Looking at the pictures of the prototype that Form US With Love unveiled at the Stockholm Design Week, the furniture looks less like a sofa and more like a hammock. Now, I am not saying I was expecting Form Us With Love to design something completely out of the box, like Sitjoy Smartsofa, but I wasn’t expecting it to come up with something as mundane as a hammock either.
Whatever may be the case, the furniture they are flaunting is functional and beautiful. I won’t necessarily facilitate it as furniture of the future, but it’s comfortable to jump upon and watch television while suspended midair. The hammock is made in a manner that it’s designed to be moved around the house. The sofa-cum-hammock is dubbed ‘Shift’ which pretty much sums up its usage.
The 10×10 feet hammock is woven from nylon and features hooks and carabiners to stick it around the wall. Form Us With Love calls it a flexible solution that could suffice user needs and can be molded to the user’s interpretation. Courtesy of its webbed structure, the ‘Shift’ sofa allows users a number of body postures and positions. The webbed structure molds to the shape of the person sitting on it. So it can be positioned more like a chaise when someone wants to read a novel or transform into a wavy bed when you are tired of reading. The shape of the hammock is dictated by the way it’s mounted.
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As far as the sustainability part is concerned, the studio avoids the usage of foam padding and other materials used in the manufacturing of furniture. It rather relies on nylon to create this sustainable, functional and flexible piece of furniture.