Draw up your furniture in the air

Wired Blogs: Gadget Lab – Voila! Create your own furniture out of thin air

What do you get when you mix performance art with digital and cutting edge manufacturing technology? I bet you wouldn’t have thought of furniture! Swedish design firm FRONT Design mix motion picture digital technology (think of those optical balls velcroed onto actors working in front of a blue screen) with rapid prototyping to create SKETCH furniture. They literally “draw” in the air as cameras capture their lines of motion, digitizing the information into 3D files that are then manufactured through rapid prototyping.

Quite an interesting concept – to actually materialize designs that are made impromptu and free hand. It’s a fascinating way to utilize and create by using the tools that are available today. To see for yourself, here’s a video of their process:

This reminds me of other designers, Marcel Wanders and Geoffrey Mann, whom I’ve read about who use a similar process of rendering motion into something physical through rapid prototyping. They were both featured in the Digitalability festival in Berlin this past May. Here’s a link to Marcel’s video on creating a vase based on a sneeze, accurately called the Airborne Snotty Vase.

via Wired Blog

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  1. Ponoko Blog Says:

    [...] Paola Antonelli has curated a mind blowing exhibition at MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art, aptly titled ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’. “Design and the Elastic Mind explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects and concepts that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history—changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior—and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use.” Included in the exhibition is Sketch Furniture (previously mentioned on Ponoko) by Front Design of Sweden, who developed a method of sketching a 3D object in space, which is captured by motion sensor cameras, and converted into a physical object with laser sintering. The Bone Chair by Joris Laarman, who used software to mimic the generative process of bones, which are subjected to simulated stress, thickening where strength is needed and thinning where not, resulting in optimum strength with minimum material. This design is then laser printed as a 3d object. Photo by Sylvain Deleu via pingmag Geoffery Mann’s ‘Attracted to Light’ also mentioned in a previous Ponoko post, is a light shade produced by tracing the path of a moth flying around a light bulb. The motion is tracked and again laser printed as a 3D form. [...]