Designing the Future
Housefish was founded on experimentation in materials and processes. We believe that technology can be blended with traditional craft methods and materials to find new ways of making things. This process also allows for flexible and scalable production all the way from custom one-offs to high volumes. We are always looking for new materials, new systems, and better resource efficiency.
Here are a few of the things we’re working on or have exhibited. Some of these are available in limited quantities, some are in the process of being developed for production, some will evolve into new products, and some will go no further than what you see here. If you have a question about anything you see, just ask.
Simplicity is harder than it looks sometimes. Four planar solid wood seating surfaces combined with two powdercoated steel sides make for a remarkably comfortable chair that can take on a variety of different looks and colors, and can even be used outdoors.
Originally designed for Whole Foods Market, and exhibited at Ventura Lambrate Milan 2017.
Continuing our experimentation in new and overlooked materials, Fold uses Avonite solid surface material, heated and formed in a loose, folded shape to fit into a simple tripod stand. The tripod joint uses our in-house developed 3D printed sawdust process. Launched at Ventura Lambrate Milan 2017.
Starting with the basic form of a square lounge chair, a genetic algorithm was applied to gradually remove material then analyze the results. This process was repeated thousands of times until it converged on an ideal shape that satisfies the loading conditions.
This process is very similar to the way natural selection selects from millions of random genetic mutations to shape living things into an ideal form to suit a given set of conditions.
The resulting computer-derived shapes resemble organic forms like bones or trees. Originally designed for the Design After Dark | Amass event. Exhibited at Ventura Lambrate Milan 2016.
Honeycomb is an attempt at creating the lightest possible flat packing solid wood chair. Solid oak is carefully pocketed out to remove 70% of the mass while preserving nearly all of the rigidity.
Originally designed for AIGA Denver’s Chaircuterie event. Exhibited at Ventura Lambrate Milan 2016.
CARBON was an experiment in materials- we used carbon fiber reinforcement to form an impossibly thin concrete shell chair (less than 3/8″ [10mm] thick). The legs are joined with our in-house developed 3D-printed sawdust [not shown in these photos], infused with resin for strength.
Originally designed for the Design After Dark | Cast event, CARBON is now in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum. Exhibited at Ventura Lambrate Milan 2016.
Node uses our in-house developed 3D printed sawdust process to form a modular lighting system.
The central connector allows a wide variety of light sizes and shapes to be easily confgured using common wooden dowels, including pendants, floor lights, scones, and so on. Exhibited at Ventura Lambrate Milan 2016.
Ashes uses a bit of visual trickery in support of commentary on the nature of design and utility. A one legged chair supported by nothing but its shadow. Also our first time experimenting with our CNC puzzle and zipper joints. Originally designed for the Design After Dark | Cirque event.