3D printed furniture is the next step in home decor
3D printing is as popular as ever and extends beyond design and home decor. Over the last decade, the technology has matured so that we can now print on human ears and parts of a skull. By comparison, furniture would not do any good if it were not so complicated and resourceful. But 3D printed furniture is not only interesting to look at. Its practical and decorative features are simply undeniable. See for yourself.
For example, this Simplus Design storage wall proves that 3D printed furniture is not just chairs and tables. Colorful and geometric shapes and a rich texture make the product a decorative product for home or office.
Plastic SuperMod System is a great way to display and save your favorite books, wines and plants along with some interior decorations.
Vortex bookshelf is another example of what you can get from 3D printing. Functional yet so decorative, the shelving system is both wall decor and storage element.
Even the decorative top layers of the shelf are storage-friendly and can accommodate small things between their folds.
Patrick Jouin, who printed the first chair, also brings dynamic and flexible 3D printed furniture with its foldable oneshot stool that can easily mold your standard umbrella stand.
With its delicate, sleek design, Oneshot also has the look of a facility that attracts attention and attention.
3D printed chairs
However, chairs remain the most popular 3D printed pieces of furniture. And there are many designs to choose from. They are rarely simple.
The designer Giro Requena picked up the giraffe chair by Lina Bo Bardi, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki as a 3D protomodel and added the sounds of the streets of São Paulo to the design, and it became great, if hardly practical.
Ventury is a France-based 3D printed furniture design company that offers the most designer 3D printing creations on the market. One such design is an Eiffel chair.
Thanks to a similar pattern, Eiffel looks like a perfect representation of the iconic landmark and creates a personal, beautiful accent that no other 3D print design could bring.
Batoidea is a creation by designer Peter Donders, who is interested in mobile design and colorful furniture. His 3D printed pieces are deliciously bright and modern.
Batoidea is just one in a collection of cell products that have left Donder’s 3D printing station, rather than a classic furniture workshop.
Joris Laarman Lab is full of interesting 3D printing experiments that lead to exhibition-worthy works. Founded in 2004, the laboratory was able to exhibit its collection in 2014 in the Friedman Benda Gallery.
One of her works is the Aluminum Gradient Chair, which consists of microstructures that make it possible to produce any shape of aluminum.
We are not done with chairs yet. And we’re not sure the designers will ever stop caring about the seating design, 3D printed or not.
Lilian van Daal experimented with the density of a single material to create a simple design that is easy to recycle. Biomimicry is the result of these experiments, which turned into a chair that combines solid and soft material density for comfort and ruggedness.
Another of Ventury’s amazing designs is this luxury lounge chair from their Gaudi collection. Its metallic cell base proves that 3D printed furniture can also look gorgeous.
The brown leather upholstery adds to the luxurious look of the chair, demonstrating that the combination of innovative and traditional technologies makes wonders for the design.
One of the favorite patterns of 3D printing is its cellular shape, which often gives the 3D printed furniture a strange look.
Ventury used it in her Gaudi collection to honor the famous architect known for his love of organic forms. Gaudi bar stools would certainly make an impression in a bar.
Gaudi side table is also a beautiful cell that earns its place in a modern living room next to one of these sophisticated sofas.
What makes this design extra luxurious is the gold-metallic finish, but a Lucite tabletop adds a nice yet casual contrast to the cellular base.
Marco Hemmerling and Ulrich Nether have jointly produced the Generico Chair with additive and additive manufacturing technologies.
Made entirely in this organic-looking form, the seat looks unusual from the tips of its legs to the top of its back.
Industrial designer Onur Ozkaya has pushed cell design even further with his Cellular Coffee Table. The basis for this is a whole system of cell systems within cell systems.
With three layers of cellular structure, the designer achieves a very airy, lightweight but solid and sturdy base that holds a thick rounded square glass.
Complicated 3D printing
The beauty of 3D printing is that the end product can be just as (if not more complicated) as the handmade pieces. And although they are usually made of unnatural materials, they look so fascinating.
Cohdas Binary Table is just a design from their 3D printed furniture collection that has been designed with a lot of detail and complexity.
If you love the warmth and beauty of natural materials, but also appreciate the design possibilities of 3D printing, there is a way to make them work.
Aleksandrina Rizova has designed her walnut table to be different from all others. Instead of a wooden foot, the device has 3D-printed legs in a complicated shape that support a matching square tabletop. The contrast in the materials is strong, but there is something sexy about it.
Vincent Costa’s 3D chest of drawers is a modern interpretation of 18th-century furniture, originally designed by André-Charles Boulle.
The original ornament, interpreted by the 3D software used to the maximum of its ability, resulted in a catchy piece that is translucent yet has immense detail.
A team of Bartlett architecture school students developed a new technique for printing complex curvy textures three-dimensionally.
They tried to use it on chairs, and the experiments yielded amazingly beautiful results, one of which is particularly detailed and complicated.
Organic furniture designs
The problem with handmade and traditionally crafted furniture is that not only does it waste a lot of waste, it also often prevents creators from doing what they can do.
It’s difficult to create complex, organic-looking designs by hand. But when it comes to 3D printing, you can let your imagination run wild. For example, designer Jan Habraken and a team from Formnation envisioned what chairs would look like in the future if they had DNA in their special design chairgenics.
Designer Daniel Widrig created a degenerate chair using digital maquettes from movies and video games, consisting of 3 billion three-dimensional pixels that are glued to a mixture of sake and sugar with sake.
Thanks to its incredibly complex structure, the chair looks like a unique rock formation carved out of a single block in the form of a stool.
In exploring the caves in the “Mendenhall Glacier” in Alaska, NOWlab has created a “Glacier” table that represents the “optimal material cycle”.
The biodegradable table is semi-permeable and has a glacier-like table top that is created layer by layer and not with the help of molds or additional framework material.
Just as Guto Requena turned the streets of São Paulo into chairs, thanks to 3D printing technology, Lucas Maassen made a sofa from a brainwave scan.
Using an electroencephalogram (EEG), Maassen received a 3D landscape image and sent it to a CNC milling machine to create a very feline soft foam sofa.
Colorful 3D printed furniture
Have you got used to seeing only black and white 3D printed furniture? The designer duo Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar present a complete collection of 3D-printed furniture with colorful sockets and joints.
One such design is a contemporary slender desk with a shelf for storage. There is also a side table, a coffee table and a console shelf in the collection.
Architect Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design also offers a colorful chair design he achieves through multi-material printing technology.
The beautiful ombre turquoise seat fades to white at the edges. And the shape and materials make it far away from your grandmother’s rocking chair.
Designer Janne Kyttanen was among the first 3D printers. Now he creates amazing designs that combine materials like volcanic rock and 3D printed metal parts.
Metsidian is a table created with the help of explosion welding. Aside from a fascinating production process, the table also has a surprising shape with the top collapsing inside in the middle.
Not only traditional furniture can be made from recycled materials. The Endless chair by Dirk Vander Kooij is made from old refrigerators.
Kooij is also a special case because he has built his own 3D printer that makes mistakes that he actually likes, as opposed to flawless 3D printers.
Patterned 3D printed furniture
Joris Laarman’s 3D printed furniture at a Friedman Benda exhibition 2014 in New York showed just how solid 3D printing can be.
Laarman’s MX3D printer, which prints larger objects such as chairs and benches, uses stainless steel and other metals in the air.
3D printed furniture can also carry patterns and prints. It does not have to be solid. Joris Laarman’s Maker pieces prove it easily.
As something that came from Wonderland, the Maker table would be at home in a contemporary interior.
3D printed furniture with a metal finish
Even metal is inferior to 3D printing. But it’s even easier to use more flexible materials like resin and then get a finishing touch that you like.
Janne Kyttanen’s So Good couch may look like a metal dishwasher, but it’s actually a soft synthetic resin seat covered in copper and chrome.
Another work by Kyttanen is this glamorous bronze sedona, which represents the sandstone formations of Arizona.
We can see it completely in a modern dining room. But which chairs would fit well?
Mathias Bengtsson worked with his traditional approach to modern 3D print design. He picked up his carved wooden walnut growth table and digitally built it to create Big Growth, a solid bronze table with a similar shape.