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May 26, 2014
Dutch designer Joris Laarman's futuristic furniture, on view at Friedman Benda gallery in New York through June 14, 2014, disrupts the traditional manufacturing model: Laarman's designs are digitally fabricated through a variety of methods, among them a robotic 3-D printer created by Laarman's lab. The results of these inventive structural techniques are designs with an otherworldly, highly sculptural effect—evident in pieces like his Maker chair, made from interlocking parts in a process likened to assembling a 3-D puzzle.
joris laarman diamond coffee table
Laarman's Diamond table from his Maker Series. Engineered to function like a three-dimensional puzzle, the series features chairs and tables made in tiny, interlocking pieces of resin, wood, plastic, or metal. Photo by Andrew Bovasso; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.
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joris laarman maker chair
The public can customize Laarman's Maker chair (pictured here) by modifying the published blueprints of the chair, and also print it at home. Photo by Andrew Bovasso; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.
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joris laarman maker chair sketch
A sketch of the Maker chair. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.
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joris laarman dragon bench
The molten stainless steel parts of the Dragon bench are printed mid-air using the MX3D printer that Laarman created. Photo by Andrew Bovasso; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.
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joris laaman 3d printer
Laarman's MX3D printer reproduces the designer's doodles in space. An algorithmic system ensures that each design generated is unique. Photo courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.
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joris laarman vortex console
Laarman used digital algorithms to generate the aluminum Vortex Console and accompanying bookshelf. Photo by Andrew Bovasso; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.
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joris laarman diamond coffee table
Laarman's Diamond table from his Maker Series. Engineered to function like a three-dimensional puzzle, the series features chairs and tables made in tiny, interlocking pieces of resin, wood, plastic, or metal. Photo by Andrew Bovasso; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Joris Laarman.

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