Exquisite Cube is a playful, interactive seating element that can be easily moved into myriad configurations, from a line to a square to hundreds of other options in between. The design allows participants to modify seating to their current needs – adjusting proximity to others, increasing or decreasing the amount of seating available, modifying the seating type to accommodate laying or lounging, moving the whole seating element to a different location, or altering interaction with adjacent contexts.

The concept is extremely simple: nine cubes, each 18” x 18” x 18”, are linked together with a durable canvas fabric hinge at their corners, and placed on wheels that are recessed in their bases. Each object’s skin takes advantage of its multiple possible configurations through a custom painting collaboration, wherein certain configurations align the cubes’ graphic patterns, prompting the user to try multiple arrangements. For instance, when arranged as a singular line, a graphic line emerges down the entire length; or, when arranged as a square, a continuous pattern is visible around the sides.

The modular elements are usable in a variety of settings, not only providing comfort and practical seating solutions, but opportunities for user engagement and sparks of excitement.

Client: Avanzar Smoothie Bar, Inside Out Show

Program: Object, Seating

Status: Built

Size: 16 SF

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Architect: KM,A (Kyle May, Robert Prochaska)
Artist: Lauren Hunter
Fabrication: KM,A

Images: KM,A