February  14, 2020 |

IDEAS FOR GOOD

"Instant Lounge" is feature on the Japanese Magazine, Ideas for Good.

都会には休む場所がない。目的地へ向かって足早に歩く人々を、いかに効率良く運ぶか。それを念頭に設計された電車のハブ駅のプラットフォームでは、ベンチすらも窮屈そうに並んでいる。たった数十年ほど前までは、人々が駅の床に新聞紙を敷いて夜行列車の発車を待っていたことなど、もはや想像もできない。今回紹介するユニークな作品は、そんな過去の都市の中にたしかに存在していた隙間を思い起こさせるような、有機的で柔軟な概念のプロダクトだ。

January  21, 2020 |

COOPER UNION

"Instant Lounge" is feature on The Cooper Union Website

The group challenged itself to design environmentally-conscious, instant furniture for public spaces that can be configured for the immediate needs of a space at any time of day. Using a cable machine and thick, soft rope, UEO devised a system that generates numerous furniture configurations, each of which can be retracted and replaced when another configuration is desired. This highly original design offers flexible use through minimal means and modest materials.

January  10, 2020 |

SPRING WISE

"Instant Lounge" is feature as Today 's innovation on SPRING WISE  at January 10. 

The printer is suspended from cables attached to the ceiling, and the set-up allows the machine to move across the entirety of the space, in order to create complex shapes. The biodegradable furniture is made from a single rope coiled into a variety of shapes and is designed to last for five years (the usual lifespan of public furniture). The rope is a continuous cotton tube filled with pebbles, seeds, dry fruit pits and other food waste, and so when it is no longer needed, can be composted. Instant Lounge is available until mid-March 2020.

December   11, 2019 |

ARCH DAILY

"Instant Lounge" is announced as part of ShenZhen Biennale in ArchDaily

               Instant Lounge, invented by UEO, will be exhibited on the 2019-2020 Shenzhen Biennale. Instant Lounge is a site-specific room-size retractable 3D printer that makes temporary furniture in real-time. The exhibition will be in Shenzhen Futian High Speed railway station from December 21- March 21.

              In the urban context, the flux of people constantly redefines public space throughout the day. How can digital fabrication address this impermanence? What if public space could identify the sitting and lounging needs of pedestrians throughout the day to provide instant furniture? A train station platform or an airport terminal, for example, can be empty during rush hours to allow for free-flowing human traffic. However, it should be filled with seating during delays, provide adequate furnishings for conversations and meals in the evening, and lounging beds for overnight connections. “Instant lounge” can formally engage these daily scenarios without waste.