After a long day, there's nothing quite like the sensation of collapsing onto a couch (that is unless you own one of these). A soft horizontal surface seems welcome in seemingly any circumstance, whether you've been on your feet all day or you've just spent the past several hours slouched in a chair with the light of a computer screen burning your retinas. It's no surprise then that Hong Kong-based designers David Koo and Zheng Yawei have likened the couch to a cloud, the ostensibly soft, fluffy, cotton-ball-like mass of floating water vapor that seems so delightfully light and airy that it has also become the term for the immaterial data space in which we store digital information. In keeping with this metaphor, Koo and Zheng have conceived a way to levitate their Cloud couch off the floor with the help of magnets. .
Designed for "ultra comfort and relaxation," Cloud is a concept for a couch that not only mimics a cloud in shape and texture but also conveys the sense of lightness we perceive in most things that hover above the ground. A flat, magnetized base plate planted on the floor repels the cloud-shaped couch, literally suspending it in thin air. Presuming all the kinks are worked out, Cloud could appeal to a wide audience of people who want to feel like reclining demigods and goddesses, as the renderings illustrate. Who knew that magnets could be the future of furniture?
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