Do we shape the world around us through our creations – or is it the other way around? Torino-based firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s kinetic stool separates that question from its binary choices.

Unveiled at Milan Design Week, the SWISH consists of 27 lightweight wood components that interlock through a series of hinged junctions. The units are semi-independent, allowing multiple configurations that adapt to the user’s needs. The stool can flatten completely for effortless storage and transport.
Digitally fabricated in a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine, the SWISH showcases technical sophistication unavailable in more traditional production. Utilizing natural material in high-tech design, the kinetic stool from Carlo Ratti both shapes and responds to the world around it.

Cory

Cory is passionate about design and creativity and how they can expand our understanding of ourselves. He has lived from San Francisco to Japan but found his way, some would say inevitably, to New York City. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, but is thrilled to mark his blogging debut here at Gessato.