You unlock this post with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a collection of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.
The following designers have each transformed intangible, invisible audio—from orchestral scores to snipping scissors to Presidential addresses—into physical objects. Each explores a unique take on sensory mash-ups, conjuring strange, synesthesic worlds where eyes hear and ears see and everything's all kinds of trippy.
The Noíse Chairs represent a seriously impressive, multi-sensory deep dive into Brazilian culture. First, the team at by Estudio Guto Requena made digital models of three iconic seats designed by homegrown talent: the Girafa chair by Lina Bo Bardi, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki, the Oscar chair by Sério Rodrigues, and the São Paulo chair, by Carlos Motta. These files were digitally fused with audio featuring normal, everyday sounds recorded in the São Paulo suburbs, then the distorted result were 3D-printed. Below is a clip from a live Noíse Chair event. [Design Milk]
When Swiss designer Demian Conrad was commissioned to create a graphic identity for Camerata, a classical orchestra in Lausanne, he wanted to evoke a musical vibe while avoiding on-the-nose illustrations of instruments. So he turned to the 200-year-old sonic experiments of German physicist Ernst Chladni, who showed how sand sprinkled onto the surface of a flat metal sheet will arrange itself into a variety of patterns, based on different frequencies played. Using a custom computer program that simulated Chadni's efforts, Conrad created a series of truly beautiful black-and-white motifs. [Co.Design]