Soft Body Stool
A stool, digitally dropped and deformed, then physically solidified.
Recent years have seen an explosion in the popularity of visually stimulating online videos. From hydraulic press experiments, to slow motion water balloons and popping pimples, we have a new shared fetish; digital tactility. Soft Body Stool is a small, loose, furniture project, taking this digital material reality into the physical realm. A digital cushion is dropped in physics simulation software onto a set of steel legs, warping and deforming around them as it collides. A moment towards the end of the drop is frozen in time and then physically cast in polyurethane resin; a material normally considered as low-grade, re-purposed as precious. Through the often-overlooked process of rotational casting, the stool can be easily reproduced and kept to just two pieces; a smooth, hollow, rigid body and the legs; naturally locking together with no mechanical fixings.
John Cruwys & David Flook