Last December, I came across this fascinating article in the Architect's Newspaper that discussed the possibilities digital fabrication brings to the built environment. Since reading the article, "fab labs" and the creations coming out of them keep grabbing my attention. One example is the Triwing chair by Marco Hemmerling. Exhibited at this year's IMM furniture fair in Cologne, the chair is yet another example of what computer-based design and digital fabrication can do.
Hemmerling's Studio for Spatial Design is "driven by an interest in spatial concepts" and relies on digital design tools and fabrication techniques to execute their concepts. Everything from the chair's design to production was digital.
The Triwing consists of two seating elements, one nestled into the other—a practical aspect if the chair is to be used in small spaces. It can be used as dining-chair, lounge chair, reading chair or deck chair. The double-curved shape incorporates the ergonomic demands and also makes it more stable.
Perhaps digital fabrication overly complicates design—we're all familiar with what mid-century furniture designers were able to do by molding and bending wood the old-fashioned way—but it is interesting to see what can be done, even if its just for the sake of just seeing.