Welcome to Hoberman
Hoberman Associates is a multidisciplinary practice that specializes in transformable design—the design and development of products, structures, and environments that change their size and shape. We believe that a world undergoing accelerating change needs an adaptive, interactive approach to design.
Whether that’s inventing a rapidly deployable shelter, collaborating with architects in developing the next generation of adaptive buildings, or redefining portability in the children’s products market, our clients seek us out to shape change—and inspire it.
Meet Our Founder
Nowhere do the disciplines of art, architecture, and engineering fuse as seamlessly as in the work of inventor Chuck Hoberman, internationally known for his “transformable structures.” Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting.
Hoberman has over twenty patents for his transformable inventions, and has won numerous awards for his designs.He is the Pierce Anderson Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is an Associate faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. Hoberman is represented by the Chase Contemporary Gallery in NYC.
In the tradition of great twentieth-century engineering, Hoberman understands the beauty in geometrical and mathematical solutions.
The unfolding structures that Hoberman invents are a boiled-down-to-the-essence demonstration of the mathematical principles that govern this biological web of nature. And because nature appeals to people, the symmetries and transformations of Hoberman’s unfolding structures hold the same attraction.
(Hoberman’s work) is in defiance of our expectations… it fools the part of our brains that distinguishes the living from the nonliving…
Hoberman Associates has enabled a magical, transformational structure… It’s as close as you can get to hallucinating without the pharmaceuticals.
Chuck is unique as an artist and a technologist. He is one of the few who have been able to strike that balance successfully.
(Hoberman) translates the best in human spirit into a synthesis of form and movement.