Ever wished you could design your own chair? Have you imagined being able to shape a bed or sofa into any shape you desired merely by moving a few parts around? If so, you are going to love the Soft Block furniture design concept by Japanese Torafu Architects which was especially created for AISIN as part of DesignTide Tokyo 2011. Reminiscent in many ways of Lego as well as the conventional concrete blocks used in building construction, the cushions bring dynamic functionality and creativity into the home.
One moment you are watching television on your cushion chair. The next moment you feel a little sleepy and decide to take a short afternoon nap. You simply re-arrange the blocks from a chair shape into a mattress arrangement. Add a blanket and you are all set for a comfortable and most agreeable nap on your living room, home office, or even patio floor. When you awake, you remember that a friend or loved one is coming around later. You need two small furniture pieces on which to sit whilst chatting together and sipping wine. Simple, you form two cushioned seats on which to relax and enjoy the evening.
As you can see, the soft block cushions are versatile and easy to use. With the right number, you could fill a room with furniture composed solely of the cushion blocks, although the décor might be missing a touch of contrast and colour. Typically Japanese in many ways, the design will not suit everyone but the concept is exciting and original. Urethane foam together with felt and lycra make up the materials of the bricks whilst the pillow theme that inspired the project will contribute to a comfortable furniture piece whatever is created.
You can read more about it here: Soft Block.