Video: Louis Lim creates Mobius interactive bench

A collaboration between Brooklyn-based designer Louis Lim of Makingworks and 3form has resulted in a touch-activated bench, dubbed as ‘Mobius’.

Recently exhibited at this year’s WantedDesign show in New York City, Mobius is an interactive, circular bench that is activated by touch, and transforms with light.

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Lim took up a five-week residency at 3form’s Salt Lake City headquarters and factory earlier this year. There, he experimented with the specialty machines 3form uses to cut, bend, and fabricate signature materials like Varia and Chroma.

“Coming from a sculpture and art background, my approach is very hands on. As I design, I imagine how I would build the piece and the details emerge through this process. Sometimes, I don’t know how to build it, but it pushes me as both a designer and a maker. Knowing and learning in both helps me innovate,” explained Louis Lim, Mobius’ creator.

Initiated by Talley Goodson, CEO of 3form, shortly after he met Lim during NYCxDesign in 2016, this first-of-its-kind designer collaboration took Lim behind the scenes with 3form’s development team and fabricators, allowing him to take full advantage of 3form’s wide range of materials and capabilities.

Lim challenged the company’s processes and discovered new ways to create furniture through combining his handcraft with high-tech capabilities.

“Black is the absence of light, it is space and void, yet Dark Chroma expresses colour, light and form. I find this paradox beautiful, mysterious and magical–making it perfect for Mobius,” explained Lim.

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