Self-assembling foam chair expands right before your eyes

Imagine a world where all of the furniture you buy isn’t just flat-packed, it can be condensed to five percent of its original size ready for you to take home. It’s a future that Noumenon designer Carl de Smet wants to make a reality, by working with polyurethane shape-memory polymers (SMPs) to compress chairs and other pieces of furniture into flat slabs that can be easily stored and transported until they are ready to be used.