Jul 7, 2016 | By Tess

London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani has been behind a number of exciting and innovative architectural and design projects, and has specialized in the creation of digitally fabricated pop-up installations. One of his most recent projects may ring a bell for some of our dedicated readers, as Mamou-Mani and his team were responsible for designing and 3D printing the interior decor and furniture for Food Ink, a pop-up 3D printed food restaurant which launched in Venlo, The Netherlands earlier this spring. The 3D printed furniture will be debuted later this month at the Food Ink opening in London.

After a string of successful projects, including a stunning window display for a Karen Millen store in London, and a 3D printed light diffusion project, Mamou-Mani was approached by Antony Dobrzensky, the founder of Food Ink, who was interested in his designs for the furnishing of his 3D printed restaurant. According to the architect, Dobrzensky wanted to use the aesthetic of the 3D printed light diffusion lamps but turn them into a range of furniture for the restaurant.

The furniture, which consists of a collection of 3D printed stools and table stands, was designed with the help of Silkworm, a Grasshopper3D plugin he co-wrote with Adam Holloway, Karl Kjelstrup-Johnson and Andrei Jipa. In addition to translating geometries into 3D printing pathways, Silkworm allowed the architect to manipulate the internal geometries and structures of his designs to fit desired time, speed, and build constraints.

To ensure the stability and strength of the 3D printed stools, Mamou-Mani incorporated a truss structure into its walls, ultimately allowing for a sturdy, hollow, and materially efficient structure that could withstand being sat on. In designing the whole collection, which consists of a number of different designs, Mamou-Mani and his team generated a matrix of potential chair designs which took into account the desired speed of the print, the angle behind the print, and a number of other factors. The result was a range of design families that fell into these constraints. To account for the height limitations of the 3D printer, some of the pieces were designed with male/female connections for possible extensions.

The innovative and stunning 3D printed stools will be featured at the Food Ink restaurant in London, where diners will be seated on them to enjoy their 3D printed meals. If you don’t get the chance to visit the Food Ink restaurant, however, there is still a chance to get your hands on your very own 3D printed stool. That is, the 3D printed Smoke Stool is being featured as a reward for Arthur Mamou-Mani’s Tangential Dreams Kickstarter Campaign. The crowdfunding campaign is seeking to raise £15,000 ($19,525) within the next two weeks to get the impressive Tangential Dreams architectural installation to Burning Man 2016. You can receive a 3D printed stool, which measures 500mm x 400mm and weighs 2kg for a pledge of £270 ($350) or more.



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