Joris Laarman Lab (known for the 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam) applied the capabilities of 3D printing on metal, creating the Aluminum Gradient Chair, a piece of furniture with a lightweight but solid structure engineered on a cellular level.
Employing direct metal laser sintering and cellular level engineering, Joris Laarman created a structure with a mesmerizing design that is both light and firm. The team generated solid cells to give the design strength and hollow ones to reduce the weight and the amount of the material used in the production process.
Joris Laarman Lab created three Aluminum Gradient Chairs for the Bits and Crafts exhibition at the Friedman Benda Gallery in 2014. One chair is on display at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the other at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
Photo credits: Adriaan de Groot/Friedman Benda Gallery