21 Entrancing Examples Of Tension Furniture Forged By Physics

We’ve become accustomed to a world where furniture is always in our peripheral view, but the work of designer and woodworker Robby Cuthbert puts everyday furnishings at center stage.

Cuthbert crafted this ethos while in college. There, his interest in cross-country skiing and the way the body works eventually yielded a series of sculptures that examined the inner mechanics of human muscle. “[My art professor and I] ended up talking about how muscles work and how you might express that idea with a sculpture,” Cuthbert said.

“I ended up finding some steel cable laying around the studio and decided to try and wire a couple of pieces of curved wood together,” the designer said. “The idea was that the two pieces of wood, though never touching, would work to support each other through the counteracting forces provided by the cables.”

From this, Cuthbert developed the idea for tension furniture, which would be free from the traditional methods of adhesion. Instead, his designs rely solely on opposing forces of tension to achieve a surprising stability and sturdiness. The aesthetic and functional results are a fascinating juxtaposition of form and physics:

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Suspension Shelf 2

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf 3

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf

Chair 2

Tension Chair

Chair

Tension Chair

Chair 3

Tension Chair

Wine Rack 2

Balance Wine Rack

Wine Rack

Balance Wine Rack

Coffee Table

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table 2

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table 3

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table Tension

Contour Coffee Table

Countor Lamp Tension Furniture

Contour Lamp

End Table

Balance End Table

End Table Suspended Tension Furniture

Balance End Table

Patio Chair

Patio Chair

Patio Chair 2

Patio Chair

Peering Lamp

Peering Lamp

Peering Lamp Suspension Furniture

Peering Lamp

Table Lamp

Table Lamp

Table Lamp 2

Table Lamp

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Photo Of The Day: The Date Beer Changed Forever

First Canned Beer

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There’s a high chance that the last beer you drank came out of a can. Over 50% of non-draught beer in America is sold in cans (and that number has risen in recent years). But prior to January 24, 1935, a can wouldn’t have even been an option.

The American Can Company started toying with the idea of canned beer back in 1909. Their major problem was that the cans just couldn’t hold up to the 30-80 pounds-per-square inch of carbonated pressure found in bottled beer. And then Prohibition hit in 1919, eliminating any potential market even if the company could figure out their problem.

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Photo Of The Day: The World’s Lightest Material Balances On A Cherry Blossom

Graphene Aerogel On Flower

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Created in 2013 by a research team from China’s Zhejiang University, grapheme aerogel (featured atop a cherry blossom in the photo above) is considered the world’s lightest material — so much so that it is seven times lighter than air.

That’s not to say it’s incredibly fragile or useless: the material can recover completely after more than 90 percent compression, and absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil at a rate of 68.8 grams per second. In fact, it’s these properties that has led researcher Gao Chao to hope that the material can be used to mop up oil spills, squeezed to reclaim the oil, and then thrown back in the ocean to mop up more oil, Extreme Tech reported.

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