In order to address the social alienation that contract design can impose on public spaces, Karim Rashid has designed ‘Heartbeat’. The shape and direction of the alternating seating resembles a wave or a pulse, keeping guests from being seated back to back, and makes it effortless to spark interaction. The name ‘Heartbeat’ suggests sharing a “heart to heart” with your fellow human being.
Designed for furniture manufacturer nienkämper, ‘Heartbeat’ has three distinct seating elements: straight, concave, and convex,
and each seat can be re-positioned to created different layouts.