FLIP/FLOP// PROTOTYPE//2006// This prototype for a chair flexes into three positions: dining, storage and lounge. Cut with a CNC water jet from 1/8” aluminum sheets, the self-interlocking components assemble without a single fastener. The project examines the potential for the precision fabrication of a complex assembly to inscribe variation in use.The project develops a system of geometry that embeds within the logic of connection the potential for formal and spatial variation. While similar work has utilized the precision of 2d cnc cutting devices and their inherent ability to produce variation without the need for formal redundancy, this system expands these aims twofold. First, while much effort has been placed in the creation of variable forms, these systems seldom produce variability beyond the scale of the component. While the end product may be unique, there is no opportunity for the product itself to vary formally over time or with use. Second, while formal redundancy is not required, the very nature of this means of production (primarily creation from thin, sheet materials) might benefit from some level of redundancy in the process. Designs that take advantage of stacking the sheet material to produce multiple parts per tooling path, for instance, may result in increased economic efficiency.