Instead of building large, gantry-style 3D printing machines, one of the solutions to the problem of scale in 3D printing has been to free printers from their boxes and build large 3D printing robotic arms. Doing so has allowed designer Joris Laarman to 3D print his big metal Dragon Bench, along with other pieces of furniture. Now, French company Drawn has taken this idea and run with it, building their own robotic arm to 3D print large pieces of furniture.
Founded by Sylvain Charpiot and Samuel Javelle, Drawn uses their giant robot arm, named Galatea, to extrude plastic into singularly beautiful pieces of furniture. After the two met at a campus FabLab project in Lyon, they became united by a common goal of creating local-made, custom-built furniture. With enough investment, Charpiot and Javelle were able to build Galatea.
While they intend to release their own line of furniture, the duo also plans to allow other designers to use Galatea to 3D print custom designs. Until then, they’ve been showing off Galatea and its creations at events like Maker Faire Paris.
As you can tell from looking at photos of their furniture, the streams of 3D printed material works to the duo’s advantage by giving each piece a trademark ribbed effect. At the same time, the designs of the furniture themselves are unique, fun, and colorful.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"The idea of a house is changing, more than that, our ideas of structures and shapes are changing and those ripple effects are causing billionaires to spend money on homes like this. ‘The Spiked Sundial’ is an ultra-modern home clad in bronze and made out of ingenuity.
Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind to be an ever-changing landscape, its shape seems to transform with every new angle. Among the open layout, large glass walls, and geometric blueprint, the house almost feels exposed to the elements as if it was one with them. Although the house doesn’t actually function as a sundial it would surly be the envy of all your rich friends… until one of them buys another yacht."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"The man behind this super beautiful product is a young Belgian designer Ben Storms. Stroms is obsessed with bending the rules between forms, techniques and materials. I like him already. Titled ‘In Vein’, this marble trestle table looks just as affective as a mirror when leaned up against the wall. Too clever. The table represents simplicity, mobility and efficiency, while adding a layer of delicate luxury and vanity. Crazy beautiful. The question is, would you use it as a table or a mirror? I’m thinking I need two so I can do both. As long as the mirror makes me looks skinny, of course."
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Liquid Glacial Table by Zaha Hadid is one stunning piece of furniture. The table design embeds surface complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic. The elementary geometry of the flat table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evident below the surface, while the table’s legs seem to pour from the horizontal in a vortex of frozen water.
The table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evident below the surface, while the table’s legs seem to pour from the horizontal in an intense vortex. The Liquid Glacial table consists of two smaller tables which are combined into an eye catching large dining table. This unique piece of art is cast in clear and coloured acrylic, which appears as if it was frozen in time while transitioning between the different states of water, liquid (water) to solid (ice). Its design embeds surface complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic.