The chair is a designer’s darling. Often it’s a calling card for a larger body of work—a distillation of a design sensibility or ethos. So what happens when you take the designer out of the design?
Something to the order of these wonky chairs. In a project called ChAIr, designers Philipp Schmitt and Steffen Weiss explore what happens when you allow humans and AI to design together (and let AI take the lead).
To create the series of four chair prototypes, the designers trained a neural network on a dataset of 562 photos of 20th century chairs pulled from Pinterest. We’re talking classics like Eames’ molded plastic, the Aeron, and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair.
From there, the neural network worked to generate new chair designs based on attributes identified across the wide array of existing chairs. The ideas that the AI came up with look like Frankenstein chairs—some have double backs, others only have three legs.
The designers then used the computer sketches as creative inspiration for designs of their own. The reversal of roles—computer leading human instead of human leading computer—is an oddly satisfying partnership. Granted, you’d have a hard time sitting on any of these chairs, but you have to admit they are pretty creative.
Via: Fast Company