For the Milan XXI Triennale, Carlo Ratti Associati joined with Vitra to develop the Lift-Bit project, the world's first Internet-of-Things sofa.


The international design and innovation studio Carlo Ratti Associati presents Lift-Bit, the world's first digitally-transformable sofa. The project, realized with the support of Vitra, 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.

Go and try Lift-Bit at Milan's Triennale, within the "Rooms. Novel living concepts" show organized by Salone del Mobile.Milano. It is running from 2 April to 12 September 2016. Drop by for a visit – maybe during Milan Design Week starting next week?

April 8, 2016 Living photo: Lift-Bit

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