Milan 2018 – Nagami launches its first collection, A brave New World, featuring 3D printed chairs designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig. The series will debut at Milan Design Week with a pop-up exhibition at Spazio Theca in Piazza Castello 5. The showroom will become a vibrant hub for innovation and technological advancements, hosting a series of lectures on digital design by ZHA’s principal Patrick Schumacher, Ross Lovegrove and more.
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Bow and Rise are the latest results of the extensive, ongoing research that Zaha Hadid Architects is conducting within the domains of 3D printing and material experimentation. These chairs combine pristine design informed by structural optimisation processes typically found in nature, with innovative materials and the most advanced fabrication methods.
Bow and Rise have been printed with a pellet-extruder employing raw plastic particles rather than a filament. The designs are made of PLA plastic, a non-toxic, biodegradable material from renewable sources such as corn-starch, which ensure lightness and stability.
Ross Lovegrove’s Robotica TM seat merges botany and robotics to coin a new approach to design that crystallises the natural programming in nature with that of robotics within artificial manufacturing. Thanks to heat-proof silicone inserts, the high stool, which has 360° formal access, can also perform as a table upon which to place food that has just been taken out of the oven.
The Peeler chair by Daniel Widrig overcomes the limits of additive manufacturing. Winking at mass production, it is 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.
The chair has been designed to satisfy both the ergonomic constraints of the human body, as well as the ergonomics of the robotic arm that prints it. Consisting of three undulating skinlike surfaces, Peeler emerges out of a convergence of human and machine requirements.
“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.” Explain Nagami’s founders Manuel Jimenez García, Miki Jimenez García and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa.
All images: courtesy of Nagami.