November 25, 2020

Joris Laarman Lab Unveils First U.S. Exhibition

In New York for the opening of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Joris Laarman thrives at the intersection of design, art and engineering.
The designer and inventor creates furniture using smart algorithms including the Bone Chair, which was designed to mimic bone growth. He is behind the first 3-D-printed steel bridge and a 3-D printable Makerchair that can be downloaded from the Internet. His group was started in 2004 with filmmaker and partner Anita Star, and now employs a network of engineers, programmers and craftspeople. The exhibition runs through Jan. 15 before moving on to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Laarman’s work is featured in nine exhibitions this year.
“There is a movement that is going on that is beyond anybody, which is comparable to the beginning of Modernism. Where the Modernists were all inspired by standardization, primary colors, the limitations of industrial machines and geometric shapes, right now we are in a transition toward a digital time,” Laarman said. “We can handle complex information and transform that into form and objects that make sense somehow. This is much more about organic form

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