growing a chair

    What if we could grow a chair? Raw materials are drilled out of the earth and used up at an ever increasing rate. How will humans manufacture in the future with scarce resource or a life on a different planet?
    Inspired by the natural process of crystal growth, supersaturation and supercooling, the possibilities of growing a chair was explored. The Supersaturation Chair was designed through an iterative experimental approach of understanding the chemical and physical characteristics of crystals and material properties which best aid its growth. A sheet of fabric was left submerged within a supersaturated solution of copper sulphate to initiate the crystallisation process.

Royal College of Art
IDE Superform

Duration   4 weeks

Date   Nov. 2012


  Yuki is an Innovation Designer and Technologist working on creating products and experiences that create positive futures. He is a Design Researcher at the EPFL+ECAL Lab, where he is working on Digital Innovation to bring emerging technologies from the research labs at EPFL to people who need it. Yuki is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, holding an MA and MSc in Innovation Design and Engineering and an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursing a Masters of Advanced Studies at EPFL and ECAL in Design Research in Digital Innovation. He is passionate about using Design Thinking and Human Centred Design to create positive impact. Since his childhood he was inspired by technology and design. He is also interested in start-ups and getting new ideas to market. He is a Design London Fellow, which allowed him to attend Executive MBA lectures at Imperial Business School and to work on projects along side MBA students. With the Lines team he was fortunate to attend the European Innovation Academy and the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge to learn about patents, marketing, business and design.