By 3D printing the Aluminium Gradient Chair, Netherland-based Joris Laarman Lab demonstrated the potential of additive manufacturing.
The chair is the second one of three in a series to research microstructures for furniture and was first displayed at Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City, as part of the studio’s “bits and crafts” exhibition. It was created using selective laser sintering technology.
“Using generative design tools and new material research we basically created a lightweight aluminum foam that is engineered on a cellular level to address specific functional needs for different areas in the object. The solid cells in the design create structural strength and rigidity while the more open cells create material reduction and lightness, all within one printing technique.”
The Aluminium Gradient chair is now part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia and the Vitra design Museum in Germany.