3D printed Aluminium Chair is a Cellular Level Design

02 Apr

3D printed Aluminium Chair is a Cellular Level Design

Giving new perspectives to objects and surroundings and playing around with the idea of simplicity is a significant way to develop them to the full potential. The main motive of the teams at Joris Laarman is to experiment with new ideas on a regular basis. With continuous efforts their yet another dream design project is all set to be added to their list of international successful acts. 

The Joris Lab is located in the most fruitful environment in the Netherlands, established by Joris Laarman in 2004. Ever since its conception the company has made headlines with the 3D printing news. The most recent news was when their newly printed 3D aluminium chair was unveiled  at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York. It's was debuted as a part of a single show entitled as The Bits and Crafts. This particular Aluminium Gradient Chair was created as the result of the huge experimentation with the possibilities of portraying them in a new perspective.

Microstructures implies the small particles that are found in all materials having profound impacts on the objects characteristics like  strength, hardness, corrosion resistance etc. Hence at Laarman they then decided to make these microstructures as a strength of the chair’s rather than keeping it as a secret.  The outcome of the product is the nature of the microstructures that leads to the exclusive making of the aluminium chair. The most basic nature of the material was used and was revealed as a part of the chair's final state. In the same way as molecular accertions serve in the buildup of the microstructures of the chair, 3D printing was used to build the microstructures into the overall form.

3D printed Aluminium Chair?

Lazer sintering was used by the team to create  the stuctures of the  light weight chair that is solid enough for its function. Great attention was given to the structure of the individual units that made the chair and also reduced the amount of material that would be used otherwise. 

Every cell of the chair is open and the tone of the chair moves with the gaze of the viewer that added life to the monochromatic still object. The colors and tones used in the creation of te chair is much like the structural color on he wings of the butterfly or flash chest feathers of a ruby hummingbird. These tones are generated naturally as a result of the microstructures.

The elegant and dazzling creation, the Aluminium Gradient Chair is now part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria and also the Vitra Design Museum. 


Image Credit:Ben Rosenzweig

Chris Joel (Author)

3D printed Aluminium Chair is a Cellular Level Design
Chris Joel is a writer at 3D Printers Online Store. Hailing from South London, he has a degree in English Literature. His interests include the application of 3D printing technology to art and its popularization.