Feb 19, 2018 | By Tess

A new exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is highlighting the work of Joris Laarman, a Dutch designer known for his forward-thinking and experimental 3D printed pieces. The exhibition, entitled “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” opened its doors yesterday, February 18, and will run until May 13, 2018.

Laarman, whose work we’ve covered on countless occasions, is easily one of the most accomplished and recognized designers in the 3D design and 3D printing worlds. In 2014, he pioneered the use of additive manufacturing to produce the world’s first "crowd fabricated" 3D printed chair, made up of 3D printed puzzle pieces.

The prolific artist is also behind the design of the much-anticipated 3D printed steel bridge which is to be installed in Amsterdam. The 3D printed bridge project, which is being carried out by Amsterdam-based robotic additive manufacturing firm MX3D, has been underway for some time. The ambitious company’s most recent update stated that the intricately designed metal bridge was one-third printed and would likely be complete by June 2018.

Visitors to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will be able to see a variety of Laarman’s work, including his “Makerchairs", a series of 12 3D printed, crowd-fabricated chairs; his “Dragon Bench,” which was 3D printed in collaboration with MX3D; as well as various other experimental makes, videos, and sketches by the Dutch designer.

The exhibition, which also passed through New York City at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will reflect on and celebrate Laarman’s uncanny ability to blend new technologies such as 3D printing with functional, artistic design.

Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum, commented: “Laarman and his Lab are design pioneers and idea detonators. Laarman’s intellectual, thoughtful and collaborative approach to design propels him to explore new means and methods for creating, resulting in a remarkably innovative and beautiful body of work.”

In 2015, Laarman opened his first major solo exhibition at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.



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