JORIS LAARMAN LAB bits and crafts
Formed around the theme of digital fabrication and generative design tools, LAARMAN’s exhibition is testament to the seismic impact of digitalization on the design world.
The transition from analog to digital in the last decades has fundamentally changed many aspects of our lives. In the early 20th Century, modernist pioneers valued and changed no ions about aesthetics and design, which were inspired by emerging industrial manufacturing methods. Now, the digital revolution has begun to define an evolution in the way physical objects are designed, manufactured, distributed, protected, and recycled. The realm of digital design tools and digital fabrication is shifting our ideas on design in all its facet and this pushes the Lab to explore the endless new possibilities of the digital revolution.
While JORIS LAARMAN employs cutting-edge tools to enable new shapes, fabrication and methods, his enduring signature is manifested through a combination of both technology and craftsmanship, which furthers establishes his personal design vocabulary. As with each of his designs to date, the works in JORIS LAARMAN LAB: Bits and Crafts are a distinct convergence of technological innovation and surprising beauty.
The exhibition comprises four thematic explorations; Maker furniture; Micro Structures; Vortex; and Spirographic; each the culmination of massive research, cutting-edge fabrication, handcraft, and personal aesthetic.
Aside from creating significant experimental designs, similar to the modernists who made manuals of their designs, Laarman’s lab plans to publish digital blueprints on the internet accessible to all. Not compromising freedom of form and personalization, the blueprints are open for people to change, modify and creating themselves, thereby offering an entirely new paradigm for manufacturing and distribution. The Maker puzzle chair is the world’s first crowd fabricated prototype, also available for home printing.