New Spanish brand Nagami will be making its debut this year at Milan Design Week with a collection of four 3D-printed chairs designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove, and Daniel Widrig.
The collection’s name, Brave New World: Rethinking Design in the New Age of Technology, is based on the dystopian novel written by Aldous Huxley, and focuses on combining computational design with large-scale robotic 3D-printing techniques.
“We design products that until now were just waiting for the right technology to come to life: not only
objects that you can hold, but also that you can feel and experience as part of your environment”, say
Nagami’s founders: Manuel Jimenez García, Miki Jimenez García and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa.
Zaha Hadid Architects has designed two chairs for the collection, Bow and Rise, which reflect the firm’s ongoing research about 3D-printing opportunities and material exploration.
The chairs, which are inspired by forms found in nature, feature various colour gradients which redefine “the traditional relationship between furniture and its setting”, according to the brand.
The two chairs have been printed with a pellet-extruder that uses raw plastic particles rather than a filament. It is printed using PLA plastic which is a non-toxic and biodegradable material from renewable sources such as corn-starch, which ensures lightness and stability.
Ross Lovegrove has created a chair called Robotica TM which combines the fields of botany and robotics, relating “natural programming in nature” with robotics within artificial manufacturing.
The piece is built from a rotational geometry and features an adaptable character that allows to serve multiple functions rather than simply acting as a seat.
Robotica TM can also perform as a table upon which to place hot foods due to its heat-proof silicone inserts in the seat, as well as plinth for a sculpture or TV. It can also act as a stand-alone object.
Aimed to overcome the “limits of additive manufacturing”, Widrig’s piece has been 3D-printed in single 7mm thick shells of PLA plastic by an industrial robot in just a few hours, consuming a small amount of machine time with minimum waste of material.
According to the brand, “the chair has been designed to satisfy both the ergonomic constraints of the human body, as well as the ergonomics of the robotic arms that prints it”, and consists of three undulating skin-like surfaces.
The collection will be on show at Nagami’s pop up showroom in the Brera district.