Biophilic Furniture

How does perception work and how is it influenced by industrial manufacturing processes?

In “biophilia” Edward O. Wilson suggests that humans possess a seek for connections with nature. Our perception has been evolutionary shaped by natural structures. Mass production introduced high quantities of similar, rectangular shapes to our lives. One could argue, that mass produced furniture ignores the initial urge to connect with individual forms of life in the human habitat.

Furniture is commonly known as structurally separated objects, each fulfilling a certain purpose. Most of the times, the way of using furniture is clearly predefined and communicated through specific affordances. Common furniture doesn’t offer any interpretative freedom for the user to come up with own ways of using the furniture. Therefore, you have to fit in the grid of predefined and limited possibilities of using furniture. I want to ask for a form which leaves room for interpretation and inspires people to explore the object and ways of using it.

Inspired by topologies, my object has an organic appearance, which makes it “readable”. This makes the object more accessible to the user. The design also doesn’t have specifically defined and communicated affordances. Much more, the object provides the opportunity to be used in different ways.

For inspiration I looked at mountains. They always gave the impulse to be explored. My project wants to trigger this exploratory spirit at a smaller scale related to furniture. Further, the user has to be creative and has to envision own ways of use. This could make our everyday life more interesting, exciting and pleasant.