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Bone (prototype)

Joris Laarman2008/2008

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

Although the organic form of Joris Laarman’s Bone armchair may be reminiscent of Art Nouveau furniture designs from the early 1900s, it is firmly rooted in the technology of the twenty-first century. The design was created using computer software developed for the European automotive industry, based on scientific research on the structural growth patterns of bone and trees. A full-scale model was created through the rapid prototyping (stereolithography) process, from which this prototype was cast. Reduced to the elements of utility, efficiency, and conservation of material, Laarman’s design puts a contemporary twist on challenging the geometric aesthetic usually associated with minimalist design.

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