Karim Rashid’s Heartbeat Encourages Human Interaction

In order to address the social alienation that contract design can impose on public spaces, Karim Rashid has designed ‘Heartbeat’.
The shape and direction of the alternating seating resembles a wave or a pulse, keeping guests from being seated back to back, and makes it effortless to spark interaction. The name ‘Heartbeat’ suggests sharing a “heart to heart” with your fellow human being.
Designed for furniture manufacturer nienkämper, ‘Heartbeat’ has three distinct seating elements: straight, concave, and convex, and each seat can be re-positioned to created different layouts.

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