In the near future, there are few industries that 3D printing does not stand to change, if not revolutionize. Interior Design is one industry where 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is currently changing the game. The new Loft flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo is a prime example of this fact.
The architecture firm DUS has been using additive manufacturing in their architecture for several years, but is now implementing that expertise in its interior design work as well. For the Loft store, DUS was inspired by Japanese paper folding traditions, and incorporated complex geometric designs in furniture and merchandise displays. These were shapes and ideas that would have been nearly impossible to model or fabricate without digital technologies and additive manufacturing.
When it comes to model making, research has already begun to show that the opportunities presented by 3D printing are beginning to change the way designers think. A study undertaken with interior design students showed that access to 3D technology shifted the modeling process and resulted in quick prototypes with more consistently accurate scales, compared to model making by hand.
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Okawa City in Fukuoa, Japan is know for its furniture, and home to a group of artisans called Okawa Kagu. Theses artists, are steeped in the culture of finely crafted furniture, and now they are putting their skills towards creating tiny furniture for cats.
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The microscopic structures of pollen were used to derive the forms of these 3-D printed lamps. The chosen types of pollen—such as ragweed, dandelion, and ash pollen—cause hay fever across Europe. The lamps are an exercise in converting two-dimensional images from under a microscope to 3-D virtual and physical models. The very things that bother the noses of Europeans can now delight their eyes.
The Riva 1920 ‘earth’ table, designed by the Italian furniture company in 1920, floats 50,000 year old kauri wood in resin to give the illusion that the wood is suspended in space. The table’s name comes from the continent-like forms created by the kauri wood; viewed from above, the table looks like an abstract version of earth. Light hits the wood and resin to form unique shadows underneath the table, altering space as the light source shifts.
WHY Magazine released a concise history of the Eames Shell Chair—accompanied by a fascinating twelve piece GIF collection—to visually explain the construction of the modern day shell chair. The GIFs were inspired by the Eames’ 1970 film, “The Fiberglass Chairs: Something of How They Get the Way They Are.” The GIFs, filmed in the fiberglass manufacturing facility of Herman Miller in Ashtabula, OH, aim to “explore the ways in which Herman Miller is honoring the Eames original design and ethos by pushing the manufacturing process and quality to be the best and most sustainable it can possibly be.”
Over the course of four years, artists Manar Moursi and David Puig have been using Polaroid photography and informal interviews to document abandoned chairs on the sidewalks of Cairo. Together, these photos and stories illustrate the enduring, time-worn character of the chairs, their users, and the city’s social fabric. Moursi and Puig are currently fundraising to publish a corresponding monograph, Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo.
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In 2009 Norwegian design partners Morten & Jonas founded STUDIO Bjørgvin in partnership with the Norway correctional system. STUDIO Bjørgvin was inspired by Morten & Jonas’ desire to not only design innovative pieces but to also encourage transformative discussions and practices among local prisoners. Both of Morten & Jonas’ desires were fulfilled by the collaborative creation of the “Bake me a Cake” lamp. Morten & Jones found that prisoners experienced cognitive shifts—transforming their traditional thought patterns—through the process of design.
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An interesting design unveiled from Studio toer is a new parasol that opens by itself, or rather inflates with the sun. Utilizing a small solar panel and a fan, the puffy umbrella dubbed “the cumulus parasol” inflates fully in about 20 seconds. The parasol’s aerodynamic shape and lack of metal core make it lightweight and able to withstand windy conditions.
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Want to print with more than just simple plastic? Check out designer Eric Klarenbeek, who showed off his recent chair made from bioplastic and injected with mycelium. His creation, utilizes the threadlike root structures of fungi in combination with organic matter to make a light and strong composite material that can be printed and grown.
Re-imagining how we sit, these chairs take seating design to the next level. The featured designs manifest intriguing shapes and textures some of which are so different you probably wouldn’t know they were seats. These inspiring, comfy-looking settees make you want to jump right in.
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Artist and industrial designer Paulo Goldstein‘s latest work, Scarcity is Beautiful, explores what it means to be a maker in a time of recession. Goldstein uses discarded objects collected from the streets of London, mending and blending them together in ways that celebrate the materiality of each original element. The work was commissioned by University of the Arts, London professor Jeremy Till and is an extension of his research into austerity and scarcity. “In times of an increasingly deskilled society, ‘making’ can be viewed as a form of political resistance,” says Goldstein, who in this collection sought to answer’s Till’s question: “What if instead of adding, one redistributes what is there already?”
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Bringing new meaning to the phrase “if you can draw it, you can make it,” artist and designer Jin il Park has crafted a collection of furniture that brings his dynamic pen and ink sketches into three dimensions. To capture the quality of a pen stroke, Park hammered different sized steel wires into the desired “sketchy” form, welding them together to create Drawing Series, a collection of abstract chairs, lamps, and tables.
Source: Design Milk