Lecture @ Royal Academy of Arts

London, UK
19 Feb 2018

Hello, Robot
@ Design Museum

Gent, Belgium
27 Oct 2017 - 15 Apr 2018



Milan, Italy


Swish is a new prototype, challenging the traditional stool concept.

Most of the CNC furniture has a rigid feel. Not the case of Swish, a birch plywood prototype of a sinuous and dynamic stool. Its assembly is simply obtained by interlocking the components, without the need for additional hardware. Swish is the winner of Back to Stool design competition, held during the 2016 Milan Design Week and organized by MioCugino workshop, whose goals are the development and diffusion of open source design.


When its legs are open they describe a sinuous surface, but Swish is movable: it can be folded in few seconds, with a swish. Swish continues an exploration – present in various projects carried out over the years by Carlo Ratti Associati – through objects and architectures that can change and adapt their shape to different functions.


Swish is produced with CNC machines and its design is totally open source and ready for open making. Download it here.

A project by Carlo Ratti Associati CRA Team: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Andrea Cassi, Sammy Zarka