Lecture @ Royal Academy of Arts

London, UK
19 Feb 2018

Hello, Robot
@ Design Museum

Gent, Belgium
27 Oct 2017 - 15 Apr 2018



Milan, Italy


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Lift-Bit is the world's first digitally-transformable sofa. It can reconfigure the space in a myriad of combinations.

Designed by Carlo Ratti Associati with the support of Vitra and presented during the “ROOMS.Novel living concepts” exhibition organized by Salone del Mobile.Milano within the framework of the XXI Triennale, Lift-Bit consists in a modular, reconfigurable upholstered seat which employs the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies to radically define a new living experience. The prototype of Lift-Bit stems from the combination of a series of single, hexagonal stools. Each of them is motorized using a linear actuator which allows every element to be raised or lowered.

Controlled remotely through a tablet app, each stool can double (or halve) its height in just a few seconds, reconfiguring the space in a myriad of combinations. Paying homage to Cedric Price 1978’s “Generator Project”, Lift-Bit’s responsive modules can seamlessly transform into a sofa, a bed, an ordered living room, a small auditorium, or a domestic landscape, according to the user’s needs and wishes.

A project by Carlo Ratti Associati
CRA team: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Andrea Cassi (project leader), Ina Sefgjini, Damiano Gui, Antonio Atripaldi, Emanuele Protti, Gary Di Silvio, Daniele Belleri.