Traditionally architecture, interior design and furnishings are separate self-enclosed areas, with 3D printing, designer François Brument is able to meld these areas into one unit.
Brument takes a close look at the possibilities of digital design and aims for integrated digital production processes when it comes to the creation of living spaces. Rooms, walls, furniture items become one and can be freely defined by the designer and builder without any restrictions whatsoever. With this revolutionary approach, the star designer opens up a new chapter in the design of living spaces.
In collaboration with Sonia Laugier, Brument created the carte blanche project 'Habitat imprimé' (printed living space).
(Bathroom with shelves)
(Exploded view of partition)
The exhibit on display is a real model of a bedroom with integrated shower and walk-in closet, which visualises the possibilities of an integrated production of living quarters over 15 square metres. The room can be divided as required, shelves can be integrated into walls, surfaces can be structured in any manner desired – the restrictions that formerly set limits to the creativity of builders, architects and designers have been removed. The future design of living spaces knows no bounds.
Bedroom © Aurélien Dupuis
Bathroom © Aurélien Dupuis
Dressing room © Aurélien Dupuis
Looking for a way to turn his vision into reality, Brument contacted voxeljet in May 2011. He was very excited about the technical possibilities offered by 3D print technology, and after extensive discussions with voxeljet's experts, it was clear that the Augsburg-based company could provide the perfect solution for his project. The visionary was particularly impressed with the large-format VX4000 printer at the voxeljet service centre, which can print very large moulds with a maximum volume of eight cubic metres. These systems are predestined for the building of complete living spaces.
VX4000 3D printer
Once the CAD data was forwarded to the service centre, it was time to "print" this unique project. The VX4000 built the entire living space, including furniture, shelving, wash basin and all technical installations, in a total of 64 moulds, which only had to be assembled into a unit.
"As a manufacturer of 3D printers with an attached service centre, our ideas are anything but conventional. Still, we were both surprised and inspired by François Brument's creative approach. The 'Habitat imprimé' project is a milestone for the 3D print technology and drives forward our activities for the development of printing systems for concrete," says voxeljet-CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer.
This pioneering work can be viewed at the VIA Gallery in Paris until 17 March 2013 and subsequently at the Off-site Salone in Milan from April 9-14.
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