Dec 11, 2015 | By Benedict

Janne Kyttanen, the maverick Finnish designer and artist behind the 3D printed Sofa So Good and other inspiring creations, has returned with two new additions to his long-running collection of 3D printed sculptural furniture. The Metsidian and Sedona tables were both recently exhibited at Design Miami 2015, with the “explosion welded” Metsidian using innovative 3D printing techniques in its construction.


The extraordinary Metsidian table, which is equal parts furniture and sculpture, fuses metal with volcanic rock to produce a stunning visual effect, reminiscent of the prow of a ship. The dark core of the table is made from a block of obsidian, with the design fluidly transitioning from that intense and untamed region to a geometric 3D printed copper pattern.

"The result is a compelling metamorphosis; the impossible becomes reality,” explained Kyttanen, who claims to have designed the world’s first 3D printed lights, shoes and gradient structures, as well as the world’s first fully functional 3D printed dress in the year 2000. His latest creation sees the distinctive geometry associated with 3D printing morph into something else entirely, to produce a visually stunning and multifunctional object. "Metsidian traverses the boundary between sculpture and furniture, a harmonious union of otherworldly form and everyday function.”

The innovative 3D printed Metsidian, of which eight units have been built, was exhibited by Los Angeles based gallery ALL, whilst Rotterdam based Galerie VIVID launched the Sedona model. The Sedona table was inspired by infamous red rocks of Sedona, a location of apparent spiritual vortexes. “My interpretation of the peaks and plateaus of Sedona takes a twisting turn to bridge the organic and the inorganic,” said the designer.


The 3D printed and “explosion welded” Metsidian is the latest in a series of 3D printed creations from the unpredictable Finn. The Sofa So Good piece, which we covered back in June, is a 2.5kg structure able to support 100kg of weight thanks to its complex internal 3D pattern. "With 3D (printing) technology, we can express forms only found in nature," said Kyttanen at the time of the 3D printed sofa’s unveiling.

Kyttanen, a graduate of the The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, still sees massive potential in artistic 3D printing, and reserved special praise for the unusual “explosion welding” technique used to produce the 3D printed Metsidian: “At present we're able to use explosion welding to join materials that wouldn't naturally fuse together—what if we could control this force digitally? What kind of hybrid matter could we create?”

Design Miami, at which the 3D printed Metsidian was featured, took place between between 2-6 December.



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RSR wrote at 12/12/2015 2:42:41 AM:

beautiful, i dig that that first sculpture, would kill to have it as a coffee table! hahaha

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