The Ziprocker from Zipshape
Here is another chair with a special and unusual design that will be presented at the 2009 IMM Cologne. This chair is designed by Fachschule für Holztechnik Hamburg (Hamburg school for timber technology) and it is manufactured by the Swiss manufacturer Schindlersalmerón. It is made of timber and it looks very special because it is a rocking chair with some kind of zipper on the edges. The students and teachers from that school in Hamburg made a lot of research and experiments with walnut and cherry wood and obtained admirable results concerning the minimal radius at which it will bend.
ZipShape is a universal method that makes it possible to fabricate single curved panels from any plain material without molds. An element consists of two individually slotted panels that interlock when bent to the predefined curvature. This system is based on a super intelligent method of making new, completely individual forms out of wood. It is tantamount to developing a new material. It opens up countless opportunities to create something completely new. A real innovation that creates an infinite number of new applications.