Mar 25, 2018 | By Tess

The upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milano, a world-class furniture and design showcase, will be a thriving hub for all types of 3D printed design. Not only will a 3D printed house be on display in the Italian city’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria, but we recently learnt that visitors will also get the chance to behold (and maybe sit on?) a series of innovative 3D printed chairs.

The 3D printed chairs are being presented by Spanish design group Nagami and were designed in collaboration with a number of renowned designers and design studios, including Zaha Hadid Architects.

The project, entitled “Brave new world: re-thinking design and large-scale robotic 3D printing,” comprises four avant-garde chair designs: “Rise” and “Bow” by Zaha Hadid Architects, “Robotica TM” by Ross Lovegrove, and “Peeler” by Daniel Widrig. What do they have in common? They’re all 3D printed.

"Bow" by Zaha Hadid Architects

“Rise” and “Bow” were 3D printed using a pellet extrusion robotic printer and are made from a biodegradable PLA material. Their respective designs are both optimized for function and evoke a natural blooming structure while integrating color and shape in an interesting and innovative way—they’re not your typical dining room chairs, in other words.

Zaha Hadid Architects, the firm founded by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, has long been exploring the use of 3D printing for interior and furniture design. At last year’s Milan Design Week, for example, the architecture firm presented its impressive 3D printed “Thallus” structure, and famously created the 3D printed “Zaha Hadid Chair.”

"Rise" by Zaha Hadid Architects

Ross Lovegrove’s “Robotica TM,” for its part, is a multi-purpose stool that integrates a 360°, mathematically inspired structure. The 3D printed stool also draws from nature in its design and thus combines botany and robotics in a unique and stylish way. Because the stool includes heat-proof silicone inserts in its seat, the versatile 3D printed piece can also be used as a table for hot dishes, and more.

"Robotic TM" by Ross Lovegrove

The last chair, “Peeler,” is notably less colorful than the other 3D printed chairs, but is just as striking. Designed by Daniel Widrig (who also collaborated on Stratasys’ The New Ancient project), the chair consists of a single PLA-based 3D printed shelled structure. With walls just 7 mm thick, the 3D printed chair reportedly only took a few hours to print. As the designer says, the 3D printed chair not only takes the human sitter’s form into consideration but also the robotic arm that is building it.

"Peeler" by Daniel Widrig

The 3D printed seats will all be showcased by Nagami in Milan’s Brera Design District later this April. “We design products that until now were just waiting for the right technology to come to life,” said Manuel Jimenez García, Miki Jimenez García, and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa, Nagami’s founders. “Not only objects that you can hold, but also that you can feel and experience as part of your environment.”

The Salone del Mobile is hosted in Milan from April 17 to 22.



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