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Responsive Furniture by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan

Responsive Furniture expands and contracts according to users' needs

Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan have created a series of whimsical furniture items that respond to people's changing requirements.

Called Responsive Furniture, the collection featuring a coat stand, coffee table, sofa, chair and stool was showcased at the London Design Fair, as part of the London Design Festival 2018.

Each piece of furniture has been designed to accommodate the user's different needs, such as a coat stand that multiplies its pegs, and a sofa that can shrink to 10 per cent of its original size to save space.

Responsive Furniture by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan

"We aimed to look at everyday objects and give them a twist to allow them to adapt to everyday needs and behaviours," said the designers, who head design studio Christian and Jade.

"Inspired by the responsiveness of digital interfaces, we wanted to translate this into our everyday physical environment in order to make us more aware of our surroundings," they explained.

Responsive Furniture by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan

The first item in the collection is a black coat stand with a navy base. At the top of the stand is a white sphere that splits in half to create two additional pegs when sufficient weight is applied to the structure.

Another product in the range is a coffee table that has a semi-spherical body with three spring-like legs with red bases. At its centre is a separate platform that raises to create an additional storage space when items are placed on the table's surface.

Responsive Furniture by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan

"By pushing us to understand and examine how we interact with our surroundings, Responsive Furniture proposes the possibility of developing a more attentive and personal relationship with the objects we live with," said the duo.

The remaining three items in the collection, the sofa, chair and stool, are composed of rounded volumes of polyurethane foam and metal springs, which can be compressed using a vacuum to 10 per cent of their original size.

Responsive Furniture by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan
Photo is by Femke Rijerman

"Without the presence of wood or metal structures, the seatings can be compressed, giving it its more easily transportable and sustainable quality," they explained.

When designing the collection, the duo looked to children's furniture and toys, which they saw as "more interactive, responsive and playful" than the products usually made for adults. "It adds character to your living environment," they said.

Responsive Furniture by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan

Other projects from the latest batch of graduates from the Dutch school include a series of chairs that encourage women to claim more space with their bodies and a bright yellow, mobile toilet that protests against the lack of public facilities for women in the Netherlands.

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