We+ Makes the Swarm Collection Using Magnetic Forces

Tokyo-based design duo we+ created a series that includes a chair and four vases that come together with the magic of magnets. The Swarm pieces begin with a structure that fills out organically with short steel wires that are drawn to it by magnetic force.

The steel wires span 15mm long and 1.2mm in diameter and while they’re all the same shape and size, they interact with each other differently depending on the magnetic force, thereby creating a haphazard surface pattern. We+ likes to think of it as letting the magnetic force do its thing to form shapes instead of designing the shapes themselves. The finished results make you want to touch it as it almost looks like a soft furry surface.

Photography by Masayuki Hayashi.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.