Sound design: Turning songs into furniture

28 : 08 : 2012 New York : Object : Collection

New York – For her graduate collection, Rhode Island School of Design student Erica Sellers created pieces of furniture inspired by sound waves.

Landscape of Sound by Erica Sellers Landscape of Sound by Erica Sellers
Landscape of Sound by Erica Sellers Landscape of Sound by Erica Sellers
Landscape of Sound by Erica Sellers Landscape of Sound by Erica Sellers

To create the Landscape of Sound collection, Sellers took digital readings of music and translated the 2D visualisation of the sound into a 3D form. Using a CNC machine, Sellers then warped planks of wood so that their surface represented the dips in sound frequency and intensity. The name of the song that informed the table’s shape is engraved into its surface, while the chair bears the Landscape of Sound logo.

This is a great example of a designer taking sound and turning it into a tangible object. Creating physical experiences out of digital music is something we explored in our Digi-Tactile microtrend. Visit the trends section of LS:N Global to find out more.

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