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Zaha Hadid Architects' Bow and Rise chairs are on show at Milan Design Week for Nagami
Italy Architecture News - Apr 19, 2018 - 03:02 18209 views
A new Spanish company Nagami has made its official debut at Milan Design Week 2018 with an impressive exhibition, showcasing 3D-printed furnitures by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig.
The exhibition, titled "Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology", combines computational design and large-scale robotic 3D printing on the products, to explore new ways of creating furniture that push the limits of imagination to unseen territories.
The products are displayed at Nagami’s pop-up showroom, in the dynamic Brera Design District (Spazio Theca, Piazza Castello, 5), which can be visited until April 22, 2018.
As 3D printing techniques have an ever-growing influence on the way we envision design, the exhibition "Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology" provides a glimpse of tomorrow’s most promising design.
Rise chair: Finish: tinted PLA plastic. Colour: translucent aquamarine / orange. Dimensions: 705 x 640 x 1060 mm. Materials: PLA plastic
ZHA’s Bow and Rise Chairs showcase ongoing research into 3D printing and material experimentation. Their design is informed by the structural optimisation processes typically found in nature, with their materials and fabrication methods expressed in the pattern and the colour gradient of both pieces.
The Bow and Rise Chairs, designed by Patrik Schumacher and Sebastian Andia, have been printed with a pellet-extruder using raw particles of biodegradable PLA materials from renewable sources–such as corn-starch–that provide lightness and stability.
Bow chair: Finish: tinted PLA plastic. Colour: translucent / black. Dimensions: 780 x 810 x 1180 mm. Materials: PLA plastic
"We design products that until now were just waiting for the right technology to come to life: not only objects that you can hold, but also that you can feel and experience as part of your environment," said Nagami’s founders: Manuel Jimenez García, Miki Jimenez García and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa.
During the entire design week, the showroom will become a vibrant hub for innovation and technological advancements, hosting a series of lectures pertaining the world of digital design, that run daily from 17-22 April 2018.
Speakers include designers featured in the show: Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig, as well as internationally renowned architects, artists and engineers, such as Isaie Bloch, Claudia Pasquero, Arturo Tedeschi, and many more.
Robotica TM: Finish: tinted PLA plastic + TPE. Colour: light grey / orange. Dimensions: 445 x 445 x 758 mm. Materials: PLA plastic + TPE
The stool, called Robotica TM, was designed by British industrial designer Ross Lovegrove. "Robotica TM takes form at the convergence of two fields – botany and robotics – to coin a new approach to design that crystallises the natural programming in nature with that of robotics within artificial manufacturing," stated in a project description.
"Built from a rotational geometry, Robotica TM presents an indirectly intelligible function. Thanks to its adaptable character, the high stool, which has 360° formal access, can also perform as a table upon which to place food that has just been taken out of the oven, due to its heat-proof silicone inserts in the seat, or as a plinth for a sculpture-TV, or even as a stand-alone aesthetic object, fulfilling any ancillary needs within a home."
Peeler chair: Finish: tinted PLA plastic. Colour: black. Dimensions: 670 x 570 x 880 mm. Materials: PLA plastic
The curvaceous-formed chair, titled "Peeler", was designed by London-based designer and architect Daniel Widrig. "Peeler has been conceived to overcome the limits of additive manufacturing, thus far serving small niche markets. Winking at mass production, it is 3D printed in single 7mm thick shells of PLA by an industrial robot in just a few hours, consuming a small amount of machine time with minimum waste of material," detailed in a project description.
The chair is adapted to satisfy both the ergonomic constraints of the human body, as well as the ergonomics of the robotic arm that prints it. Comprised of three undulating skinlike surfaces, Peeler emerges out of a convergence of human and machine requirements.
Nagami’s pop-up showroom can be visited until 22 April in the Brera Design District (Spazio Theca, Piazza Castello, 5).
All images © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti
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