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Fractal Furniture Answered

This bureau by Takeshi Miyakawa is called the Fractal 23 and makes use of all of the space within the cube with several different sizes of drawers. I doubt I'd have much use for it, but it would be perfect if I could find some room in my place where I could put it in the middle and admire it.

via Core77


This reminds me greatly of an old puzzle game called starship titanic. It was a great game, it came with a pare of 3d glasses (never found out what they where for). In one of the rooms you get furniture like this and have to unfold it in the right order. O.o

That is a great thing, no doubt Ikea will jump on this... i'd say this could be best applied in kitchens, as a base for an island in the middle, or as a table come storage device, I may need to build one of these for something, see I already know of existing cheap modualr furniture perfect for repurposement into this. It would cost college student money aswell...

Or a bunsen burner projecting from the small hole, a sink in the larger...

Yeah, that's another excellent application of this, it would save alot of 'getting out' work in classes. Having control of all of the bunsens from your desk would be cool, "hello class *sits down and lights all bunsens in room*" or would that be too much power to give one person... Well it would allow you more room in the class since storage of things could be in the desks. By the way I have a fun game for you to play, get some conductive wire, a few sticks and a Van De Graaf, it's really a survey in to how thick most of your students are, hang the wire out a window using sticks to prop it up and stop it grounding, attach to the top of the Van De Graaf, for fun you could add do not pull to the wire, leaving it up to them is usually funnier though... I take it you know what happens. Another fun but complicated one involves using the dome of the generator seperately from the rest, use a few wires to add it to a metal bowl, set in to piece of wood and leave in a nice place, people have a suprising urge to touch shiny things... I doubt you would get in trouble for this, if you added the don't touch sign...

The area outside my lab is the "bike shed". I wonder if I could use a dangling wire to add a decent charge to one of the bicycles? Would the tyres hold it long enough for the owner to get a jolt?

Actually, most of my students know exactly what a VdG does to them (even though it is not on out curriculum), and I have even induced them to pay (money to charity) to have high-voltage pain inflicted on them!

Actually a bike could work, but you'd need it not to be touching the shed and lockup bars... A good game is the mexican wave, if you charge for an hour you can get twelve people to be zapped in a row, they all hold hands, also fun would be to hide it under a desk, stand on a rubber mat and be a god of lightning when they do wrong... I think the bike one is a good experiment, I've gotten a jolt off a lampost when stopping to lean, in a sustained cycle, I was moving for around and hour without stopping so no big suprise... However I think I've had the idea, if they're locked via rims with a cable lock you're good to go, charging the rim should work, or maybe the lock... I like the charity idea, reminds me of fireball charity... Back when I did fireblowing I did some in school, made alot of money then had to give it to charity because I was doing wrong...

You don't need to charge for an hour to jolt a dozen people. Line them up on stools, standing on the plastic seats, all holding hands. The child at one end of the line has their hand resting on the dome of the running generator, charging the whole line at once. The person at the other end is next to a slowly-trickling tap, with instructions to touch the flowing water when their nerve runs out (the longer they wait, the greater the jolt the whole line gets), and they rarely last more than a minute or two, which is plenty to extract a dozen simultaneous screams of pain.

Actually, just looking at it, my first thought was "parts !". As in, mechanical & motors in the big drawers, and electronic in the smaller ones. Put it in the middle as FA suggests, and on a large "lazy Susan" and you would have a marvelous parts / junk bin :-)


10 years ago

Ahh... 't is a thing of beauty! :-)

Nice design, but probably not very practical