So, what if flat-pack furniture was smart enough to assemble itself?
Belgian designer and engineer Carl De Smet is experimenting with a kind of smart foam technology, which he believes could do just that. Once heated to a set temperature, the material he works with, shape memory polyurethane (SMPU), will expand to a given design.
Currently working with scaled-down models, De Smet is close to building the technology to achieve the effect with full-size furniture. Ahead of its formal unveiling at the Milan Design Week festival on Tuesday, he gave BBC News a sneak preview at his Brussels studio.