Rock n’ Knit: Low-Tech Chair-Powered Hat Factory
Lounging around in a rocking chair for an hour or two might make you feel lazy – but what if, as you were rocking, you were actually a low-tech, one-person hat knitting factory? Rocking-Knit by Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex modifies a rocking chair to offer “productive moments of relaxation.”
The rocking motion of the chair causes gears to turn, pulling yarn from a spool at the base up into the top area where it’s slowly knitted into a red beanie cap. Over time the knitted creation begins to drop down toward the user’s face.
The machine is currently being shown in the Ruckstuhl Building as part of the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) Low-Tech Factory exhibition in Langenthal, Switzerland. The theme requires students to reinterpret the idea of the manufacturing process.
Other devices on display include ‘Oncle Sam’, a machine that processes grains of popcorn one at a time so you can enjoy the spectacle, and ‘Swing’, a punch that cuts designs into a tarp with the movement of the user.