The context of new sitting and technology is an opportunity for evolution of the most famous archetype – the chair.Art/ificial is an object for temporary, open and active seating that reflects the contemporary lifestyle – questioning the potential of new technologies and artificial intelligence in shaping future object environments. Always present in personal or shared spaces, as an on-demand chair or a sculptural object-experiment whose appearance remains to be developed through interaction.
The asymmetrical organic form is the result of generative design – an approach that uses algorithms and computer intelligence in dialogue with the designer to explore variations of ideas and generate unexpected design solutions that are otherwise impossible to achieve.
Initially, it is created as a calculation of physical requirements, but in its structurally optimized, uniquely complex geometry, it reflects the nature of algorithmic creation and reveals the play of intuitive balance, movement and inherent humanity. The light portable chair (1.8 kg) is made using additive technologies – highlighting the value of designers' openness to experimenting with the new.The work is followed by a five-chapter critical review on various aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, innovation and AI, which transforms the designer's role and questions the adequacy of traditional design approach as a stimulus for reflection on innovation in the context we are entering.
Eva Rodinis (Zagreb, 2002) is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in industrial design at the School of Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. In the first year (2020/2021), she won the School of Design Annual Award for the project Kava na kavi – a modular, playful interpretation of coffee-drinking rituals in collaboration with the client Barcaffè, which entered the finalists of the competition for the best modern džezva.In the second year, she won another School of Design Annual Award for Fabric of Memory – a system of objects that contemplate non-traditional storage and the ritual of archiving personal objects as a materialization of memory and identity. The same work received an honorable mention and was exhibited and published at the Exhibition of Croatian Design 21/22.During her studies, she was a student demonstrator in Drawing and actively participated in exhibition design projects in the School's Gallery and as part of Zagreb Design Week 2022. Her project Planum – a collection of functional textile products is among the finalists of the contest Izaberi balu, zarolaj ideju for the brand Štof by Prostoria and the Croatian Designers' Association.In the wider field of product design, she is particularly interested in objects, spaces and concepts that the poetics of words and creative experimentation through the process of design research, while evoking whimsical interactions and playfulness. In addition to design projects, she writes poetry.