Carlo Ratti: Kinetic stool

Carlo Ratti Associati will unveil a special kinetic wooden stool designed for Cassina using the “implicit programming” design principle and CNC technologies. #MDW2017

Carlo Ratti Associati, SWISH stool for Cassina, 2017
During Milan Design Week, Carlo Ratti Associati and Cassina will unveil SWISH, a kinetic wooden stool that shows the possibilities of “implicit programming” as a design principle.


The project stems from a system patented by Carlo Ratti Associati that uses digital fabrication to create objects that are pre-programmed to take different shapes. Produced with CNC machinery, SWISH is a lightweight seat made of 27 thin wooden elements. The components are interlocked through a system of individually designed junctions and hinges, each different from the other. As a result, the object can take different configurations, in a way that wouldn’t be possible with traditional techniques.

Carlo Ratti Associati, SWISH stool for Cassina, 2017
Carlo Ratti Associati, SWISH stool for Cassina, 2017

Design: Carlo Ratti Associati
Manufacturer: Cassina

4 – 8 April 2017
Cassina 9.0
Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli
viale Pasubio 5, Milan

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