No more flat pack furniture ?

Belgian designer Carl de Smet of Noumenon has developed high-tech foam furniture that can be squashed to 5% of its original size for easy transportation and then expanded “like popcorn” by heating it up.

“The idea is that you can buy it in a local store,” explains designer Carl de Smet. “It’s a small package, you put it under your arm, and you carry it home because it’s also super light.

“Then at home you plug it into electricity,” he continues. Ten minutes later your chair will be ready.