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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Assa Ashuach

"By experimenting with advanced design and production technologies, the Israeli-born, London-based designer Assa Ashuach (1969-) redefines both the form and function of everyday products and furniture, while developing a surreal new design aesthetic"
(Alice Rawsthorn, director for London Design Museum)

Assa Ashuach was recently named as one of the UK's top 50 designers by The Guardian Unlimited

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Seatable Trousers and the 501 Chair
These are trousers you can walk and sit with. The trousers are equipped with a very simple and light internal structure. This allows the wearer to walk freely and sit every second he wishes to.
The chair's shape came from the Seatable trousers project. This chair's function directly derivates from the initial project; this new way of sitting allows you to rest between a sitting and standing position.


Outcome 2 - OMI MGX Light
The OMI MGX Light is one of the first products to be produced and distributed straight from the SLS (selective laser sintering) machine tank. Produced entirely as a single nylon part. Its form, together with the natural flexibility of the polyamide, creates the impression of a biological mechanism. The shape can be transformed by bending or twisting the structure - twist one end and the rest will follow. These behaviours offer versatility in that it can be personalized and manipulated easily to create different sculptural sensations and space moods.


Outcome 3 - The Osteon chair and AI stool
The Osteon Chair is the first chair to be designed using a combination of 3D tools and artificial intelligence. Produced by EOS laser sintering the chair consists of a cosmetic skin and intelligent internal structure. Like the biological structure and mechanism of bone, the artificial intelligence software knows where to create sufficient support.
The AI Stool.mgx for materialise mgx is designed to carry a load of 120kg on the sitting surface at a height of 40cm. The challenge was to design a form with the minimum volume required for a seat and then instruct the AI software to calculate the required support.


Outcome 4 - The AI light and the FLY.mgx Light
The AI light has an artificial intelligence brain that senses space through five different sensors. Using a biologically inspired mechanism, this structure morphs and generates new behaviours according to your personal space.
When you first invite it into your home you have to let it get accustomed to its new environment. Once it’s relaxed, the training can begin. It has five senses that can track changes in its environment and interact with its owner.


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