RELAX Contest Winner, Fluid Rocker

Big congrats to Nick Trincia. His Fluid Rocker concept received the most votes from the panel of judges. Huge thanks to everyone who entered. The concepts were amazing – so amazing that I plan on highlighting a few of them in separate posts. Thank you so so very much to our sponsors Robert McNeel & Associates and Bunkspeed. Hit the jump to read more about the Fluid Rocker and noted honorable entries.

1st Place

Fluid Rocker by Nick Trincia

My entry for the RELAX Design Competition is one of the most relaxing of all pieces of furniture, a rocking chair. The Fluid Rocker’s soft curves and ergonomic form make it as inviting to look at as it is to sit in. The chair’s flowing organic shape is achieved through a one piece fiber glass construction with a high-gloss finish. For added comfort and texture, a layer of soft natural felt wraps over the entire outer face of the chair. On the upper side of the chair, the felt provides added cushion for sitting, while on the underside of the chair it provides for quieter, softer rocking, and protection for your floors.


1st Runner Up

Solomon by Jeff Lawber

The chair is what I like to think of as a hybrid between a bean bag chair and a park bench, offering the custom fit of one and the pleasant atmosphere of the other. The idea is that the chair compresses when you sit on it to give a level of custom comfort as well as a spring-like bounce.


Honorable Mention

Hive Chair by Marcos Torres

Hive was designed because I wanted to create a chair that had a suspended seat area that was not rigid. The hexagonal pattern is made from an elastomer that allows the seat to have some give when the user sits down. The challenge was to be able to create a pattern that was parametric so that I could make changes to the pattern on the fly. To achieve this flexibility I used grasshopper. Grasshopper allowed me to create a chair that had endless possibilities. The result is Hive, a fun and progressive design that is sure to make people stop and stare.


To Rocking Chair by Zheng Ruixing

Relax – A term to describe idyllic surroundings, loosening of muscles and just immersing in total happiness. To me, it is to be able to sit down at the end of the day and rocking away all the hectic lifestyle that I am exposed to in the mornings. Hence, the design of my furniture is largely based on a fantastic Japanese character. An individual feels at ease and at the same time, comfortable as it is of ergonomic structure and it does not feel out of place when placed with any other furniture because of its minimalistic outlook. An ideal hangout for a cozy afternoon read (as the bottom stand is able to store items like books), a balcony decorative piece to enjoy nature with or just reminiscing the days of sitting on Gramps’ lap while he sits on his traditional rocking chair.

In short, “と” is the way of life where “と” means a good friend who is supporting and walking WITH you through the days of your lives.

(とis pronounced as “to” and is translated to “with” in English)


Relax Lounge Chair by Kamil Kurka

The hand which held you in its palm let you relax and drowse you with soft touch and mild swing. Endless flexible frame let you float in the air.

Combination of modern technology and functionality with a beauty of natural materials has found its place. Frame is made of straight grain veneers glued together. There are various grain directions in each layer for best strength and flexibility. Endless frame has no fix connection in the cross, only plastic sliders in between.

Seat is divided into 3 cushions covered in white leather, for better comfort and support of the body.


Cloud Sofa by D.K. Wei

Cloud is a sofa concept designed for ultra comfort and relaxation. The soft floating upper part is supported by the magnetic force generated by the bottom base. No matter if you want to work and sit with comfort or simply a power nap to release the stress, you can always enjoy your time to relax on the floating cloud.


Don’t forget to check out all the entires!


  • max von shnitzel says:

    props to the winner!

    runner up is a joke right?

    and To doesn’t look all that comfortable or relaxing…

  • Hermie Dork says:

    well aren’t you just a ray of sunshine!

  • Igor Chak says:

    Magic force…..since when magic became reality?

  • max von shnitzel says:

    again, PROPS TO THE WINNER, but i’m lost on some of the others posted above.

  • le touny says:

    I thought rhino was a great logiciel for mental and complexe works… is that all what rhino can do? just amazing and simple works?

  • philippe Poyte says:

    Thanks to Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton,there’s a a word in french that is to say “déjà vu”.
    Well, well, well,I don’t understand…
    Congratulation to Bart Vanden Heede for Laid, great work and good research for a sweety and soft game
    with spline to generate comfort and classy position.Good demonstartion in new idea of the power of Rhino
    Great work Bart.
    This competition permit to us to discover you.
    Thanks Yanko design,
    oh! I forget, Congratulations for the winner.

    • Carl says:

      and Herman Miller. and also to Marc Newson for having 2 in the runners up..

    • Kamil Kurka says:

      Agree with you, winner is too close to A. Jacobsen and V. Panton works. Even this rocking chair doesn’t work.
      What happen if you sit on the edge of the chair? 🙂 I suppose it will slid back under your butt, and you will be sitting on the ground. Where is the design?

      • ranjix says:

        kamil, IMHO you got the most beautiful chair here… Glad you posted, I can congratulate you directly. Otherwise, I suppose that if one sits on the side of any chair, will not be comfortable :).
        Congrats to the other ones, as well, although must say that I like more the second than the first. Just my 1c.

        • Kamil Kurka says:

          Thank you for gratulation, I really apprecite that.

          My note wasn’t about comfortability but stability and safety of the rocking chair.

          Design means to me: Thinking about the problem, to find the right solution.

          I thought that this contest was about the design not about using the right software. Software like Rhino is a great help to present your idea and make them “real”.

          I really like the Hive chair, the color, the frame shape. I could imagine that I will sit on it and enjoy cup of coffee at restaurant garden. Also the use of grasshoper show large possibilities of Rhino with plugins.

          • ranjix says:

            well, I was kind of joking with the comfort reply. The truth is that I don’t know of any chair which is perfectly stable regardless of where one sits on it. The chairs are usually light, and is not difficult to imagine that a person putting her weight in a certain place will throw the center of gravity out of the base… BTW, I’m pretty sure I sat already in something that looks a lot like the Hive, but the netting wasn’t hexagonal.
            Anyway. Still like your chair 🙂

  • Markus fowler says:

    The interest is the idea,
    Simplicity for the manufacturer.
    Make a relation between Rhino3D and its advanced tools to increase new design it’s a good idea and hard work……
    Where is Rhino3D.
    super technical software with mega Pc to do that.
    This world is very interesting, I love this time, evrything is possible, By looking well I indeed believe that with rhino3d we are going to be able to design the fact sit down in the ceiling.

  • c2c says:

    Congrats to the winner!!! Great stuff all the way around!! Thanks Yankodesign

  • normalUSER says:

    First thing I hope that the sponsor will see that is some sort of scam. It looks like the 1st runner up and the honorable mentions where put here to make the winner look better. (except Kamil Kurka and Marcos Torres)
    Second, this winning makes look Rhino and hyperShot like poor tools.

    Third thing is there were a couple of VERY nice and interesting designs but none of them was mentioned.

  • Peter craven says:

    We wonder why we invented 3D Rhino, Eames and Bertoia made without, and say that the technology would have been able to open us the other doors, I believe that it is necessary to ask to Robert Mc Neel to invent to us a trick(thing) of the kind(genre) …… the lead pencil maybe.

  • yar says:

    design isn’t about how complex your rhino skills are, nor how good your rendering skills are. it should probably be how well could you sell your design. it all lies in the beholder. that’s the difference between an ikea chair and those you find at auctions

    • shawn says:

      superb !!!!!

    • normalUSER says:

      Skills or no skills, that doesn’t change the fact that the winner design is a rip-off.

    • Clovis says:

      Would maybe need to read again the subject of the competition, because the complexity is not the fact of good design, but it is question to illustrate the power of a software which uses nurbs, then, it is indeed professor’s remarks, but good there, it is not necessery to have so many tools, a drawing in the hand would be enough maybe.

  • Karax says:

    The next time, it will be necessary to imagine a wooden board painted in green suspended by four balloons inflated in the helium, that from a certain height that makes some music. by using sweep, loft,trim, split,bending, taper, curves from network, yeah, yahoo !!!!!

    • normalUSER says:

      Whats your point?

      • Karax says:

        Sorry normalUser, I’m nervous, I’don’t understand about the verdict

        • normalUSER says:

          ok 😉
          I mean, I also dont uderstand the verdict. And its not about modelling skills or rendering skills that I am not happy, I am not happy couse the 1st place is a rip-off of Panton chair and second place is a joke (not only my opinion)

  • Kamil Kurka says:

    Everybody who enter this contest, sign his work, I think that it is fair to know who judge the work.

  • james says:

    ha, I was going to enter this contest but got too lazy. Shame on me I have the winners design in my sketch pile along with a rendered version. All i needed was to enter. Oh well Alias and free Rhino for mac is fine with me.

  • Paul says:

    amazing comments…I was thinking that design was not about how you can use a software or how you can use the most difficult functions, but just to find the right design according to a brief, but for some people it is not…( the designers will understand…)
    I’m a bit disappointed that “peanut bed” doesn’t get anything, even if the rendering is a bit disappointing in terms of materials, the concept in itself is beautiful and translate perfercly the brief, more than a clasic fiber glass moulded chair shape (even with a classic trendy color contrast, chocolate and turquoise or chocolate and orange) …. anyway, personnal point of view

  • bep says:

    I agree, peanut bed should definitly be mentioned.
    very good proportions and I think the rendering is totally fine.

  • Map says:

    The shell is an exaxt knock off of Eames DSW, and the rest is Panton´s plastic chair, not impressed!

  • Map says:

    Sorry, i off course mean DAW and not DSW, check it out.

  • yar says:

    seems like the cloud chair is getting rather good publicity in multiple blogs

  • Christiaan says:

    Wow, all these entries were great. Being a student still, I get to submit work with people that have been out there a while in the field and I think that’s awesome. But, I agree with some who posted about the winner being an Eames/Panton ripoff. It doesn’t really answer any questions or solve any problems besides sitting in something. I mean aren’t we designers trying to develop things in a world that seriously doesn’t NEED more stuff? I jut hink some other designs really earned that win more than these.

    Here’s m favorites(not including my own lol)

    Solai, Infinity Air, Catnap, Flox and Soto

  • Eric says:

    I’ve always wanted a magnetic chair and bed, however I use a laptop like there is no tomorrow, and it can’t get anywhere close to those magnets. Sort of a big problem for me. As much as I love to see new magnetic solutions, there really is a right and wrong time to use them. Anything where electronics come close is simply suicidal…

  • Henrique Staino says:

    The winner is a joke.

    • Karax says:

      Worse than that, an insult for those who look for new things, who dare, at the risk of not pleasing because what they do is not similar with the already seen.

    • normalUSER says:

      Agree x100

  • luizZz says:

    ollllllllly ouhhhhh… smoke one And say…

    ” I Feel in the Clouds ”


  • arkon says:

    what I always dreamed ….. ¡¡relax!!!

  • looseroots says:

    I love how designs have become purely imaginative, and do not leave conceptual phase. Inspiration is great, and thinking outside of the box is even better. However these designs are far too dreamy and the real challenge for these designers would be to build a prototype (not just another fancy rendering).

  • Victor T says:

    Very interesting designs. Especially love the To Rocking chair and if the floating cloud every becomes a reality, I’d love to have one of those.

    • Alan says:

      The cloud is amazing but the height it’s floating is exagerated, it would require a very expensive and very, very powerful magnet to support that and, besides, you wouldn’t want to go near it with cellphones, memory sticks or credit cards.

      The idea, nevertheless, is awesome.

  • George says:

    Are these designs only or we can buy it from somewhere?

  • George says:

    Are these designs only or we can buy it from somewhere?

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