Memory foam-based environment
NASA invented Memory Foam over three decades ago in order to provide comfortable seating for astronauts who had to endure steep gravitational forces and spend days sitting in tight quarters. As its name suggests, the soft material conforms to the body of its user and leaves a temporary registration of this interaction.
Although the material failed in space due to its temperature sensitivity, Memory Foam has been adopted for a wide variety of consumer products including mattresses and office chairs.
Thom Faulders of Beige Design recently used Memory Foam to create his Mute Room, which was installed as a temporary listening environment for experimental electronic music at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco.
Contact: Faulders Studio, Berkeley, California, USA.
For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment