MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab came up with a fantastic design for a table that can transform without any human or machine help. With the help of material manufacturer Wood-Skin, the team has manufactured a prototype of The Programmable Table which can reconfigure itself into various shapes. Unlike the essentially useless self-assembling chair they created earlier this year, this flat-pack table could impact the landscape of home furnishings in the very near future.
The self-assembling table could potentially revolutionize the design of small spaces and paves the way for developing fully transformable living spaces that adjust to different functional needs of city dwellers. It features an embedded pre-stressed textile that allows it to be “programmed,” essentially. Once unboxed, the structure assumes its initial form which can be easily stored. It configures itself from flat-pack to a fully functional table straight out of the box.
The Programmable Table is one among many innovative projects coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab which explores the applicability of programmable materials, their manufacturing, assembly and performance. Many of these designs are still in prototype stages and will have to go through a rigorous process of development before they hit the market.