Hasier Larrea thinks interior design is missing one big thing: robots. So many of us live in cities where residences tend to be “micro,” Larrea says at TEDxCambridge, and need ways to make the most of a small space. Robots will let us do that, Larrea says, by making furniture expandable, retractable, and dynamic.
At the MIT Media Lab, where Larrea leads architectural robotics research, developers aim to make furniture both practical and “magical.” They create beds that slide out of drawers without a single touch, tables that descend from the ceiling fully set and cabinets that move through a room.
“The Murphy bed is an example that making transformation easy is not enough,” Larrea says in his talk. “Think about it: making your bed is easy; taking out the pillows so they don’t crash when the bed is folded is easy; putting straps on the bed sheets so they don’t fall is easy; but the whole process is a pain … so making transformation easy is not enough. Transformation needs to be effortless and — if possible — magical.”
Larrea’s robotic bed comes out of a drawer or descends from the ceiling via gesture:
To learn more, watch Larrea’s entire talk below: