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25/04/2013 13:19 BST | Updated 25/06/2013 10:12 BST

Self-Assembling Chair Grows And Repacks Itself (VIDEO)

Flat-packed furniture is fine, but what about something a bit more organic - say a chair that actually grows itself. And then packs itself up again.

Noumenon designer Carl de Smet has managed to create almost exactly that, with his line of shape-memory polymer chairs.

From its flat 'melted' shape - 5% of the volume of the final chair - the funiture is popped into life by the application of heat.

Currently the chairs construct themselves at 70 degrees C, but the team is already working on a version that works at 35C - vastly reducing the amount of energy needed to 'build' them.