Magnetic Floating Cloud Sofa by D.K. Wei

by interior designer

in General,Sofas

If you relax long enough with your eyes closed, you can sometimes get the sensation of floating and gently rotating in space. We all wish we could levitate and float off into the sunset towards the pyramids of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower or the burger bar down the street. This is most likely what designer D.K. Wei had in mind when designing “The Cloud” sofa. Let’s see what he has to say about his design before I reveal a little drawback in the overall scheme:

“Cloud is a sofa concept designed for ultra comfort and relaxation. The soft floating upper part is supported by the magnetic force generated by the bottom base. No matter if you want to work and sit with comfort or simply a power nap to release the stress, you can always enjoy your time to relax on the floating cloud.”

magnetic_floating_sofa_cloud1That’s right, it’s a ‘concept’ and is not actually real nor is it yet in production, if ever it will be. But blow me down! What a great idea and wouldn’t it be marvellous if it could be made? I’d have one! Don’t know about the cat.

Hat/Tips: Geekologie and Dvice.

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Shailee 04.17.09 at 00:47

wow!! Stunning! if it ever gets made, I would love to have one! :)

Jared Hettinger 04.17.09 at 04:03

Sounds cool, but I think serious changes would need to be made to the design. Either it would need to be tied to prevent the “cloud” part of the couch from moving to the side, away from the magnet, and thus falling. Or you would need magnets around the cloud and pushing it inward.

It IS an awesome idea though. I imagine some people would be too fat for it and feel terrible.

interior designer 04.17.09 at 08:49

You’re right Jared. I was wondering what a dish shaped magnet would do and whether that would solve the sliding to the side problem. With a strong enough magnet then heavier people would be fine but considerations as to whether metal kitchen utensils would come flying through the room might have to be checked.

Tarod Kildennyn 01.13.10 at 22:49

Simple fact is, a magnet strong enough to levitate this couch plus 200lbs of human would be toxic to humans, nearby electronics, and most everything else in the house. It may look cool, but in reality, it could be no more comfortable than the materials of the part you’re sitting in, and a lot less stable than if you simply hung it from the ceiling or put it on legs. What’s worse is the fact that magnetic levitation only lasts until the delicate balance is disrupted the tiniest bit, which would cause the whole thing to spin in a half circle and slam to the floor with enough force to crush you to pulp. Looks nice. Nice and deadly. Sorry, kids. Stick to a hammock.

interior designer 01.14.10 at 13:01

You are indeed quite right. :) Fascinating concept though.

Jim Livingston 08.13.11 at 17:34

As noted by Jares and Tarod, this floating couch would be unstable, even with a dish shaped magnet underneath. (A basic physics principle called “Earnshaw’s theorem,” discussed in my book Rising Force: The Magic of Magnetic Levitation, proves that stable levitation is impossible with static magnets alone.) A Danish company called Universe Architecture has a similar “floating bed” that requires angled cables from each corner to keep it stable. It also requires over a ton of magnets and is priced at over a million euros. No sales yet.

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