Chinese furniture brand KUKA recently curated an exhibition of which Japanese design house Nendo was asked to be a part. KUKA is known for their upholstered sofas and lounge chairs and the designers at Nendo decided to approach the theme “Intelligence” in an unexpected way for their line of furniture called Bouncy Layers. By rejecting the use of typical padded upholstery for softness and comfort, they instead used sheets of 1.5 mm thick polycarbonate which were laminated and bent to create the requisite cushioning. The polycarbonate sheets were layered to increase or decrease the softness in various ways and positioned over frames to ensure maximum comfort where human contact is made. The result is a sculptural line of furniture that, rather than hiding the structure, exposes it for all to see.

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