Designers are in the midst of a fabrication frenzy, and we're loving it. This year, we've featured all sorts of new ways of making things, from employing 3d printers to produce chocolate bars (yes, yes, yes!) to using blood to make bricks (still cringing at the thought). Now, students in Switzerland have created a wooden rocking chair that knits a hat while the user sways back and forth. Pipe-smoking while reading a newspaper is optional.
Students Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex exhibited their project, “Rocking-Knit,” last weekend as part of the 14th edition of Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland. The chair exposes the fabrication process, deconstructing each step along the way.
In what could be deemed one of the easiest ways to acquire a brand new hat, the user needs only to sit back and relax. The leisured swaying of the chair facilitates the production of the beanie: it triggers the gears to move, and those in turn propel the knitting to begin!
Ludi and Peillex are students in the industrial design program at the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. The school staged an exhibition at Designers' Saturday called “Low-Tech Factory,” which addressed the theme of auto-production. All of the inventions on view employed machines to create products such as toys, lamps, popcorn—and of course, custom-knit hats! We can already see the "Rocking-Knit" popping up in yarn shops across Brooklyn and beyond.