Dirk Van Der Kooij’s space is located in a former Phillips building on the edge of Eindhoven’s Strijp area, next to Piet Hein Eek’s studio, shop and restaurant. An award-winning designer, Van Der Kooij’s design-build method materialized when he found an old 3D printer while studying at the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Nowadays, he uses an old industrial robot that’s been personally programmed to make his zero-waste furniture from scrap materials.
This friendly robot gives new life to old fridges and e-waste, saving them from scrap yards and landfills while producing great-looking designs. The thick threads of plastic used in the 3D printing method create honest designs by clearly showing how the chairs were fabricated. Each Chubby Chair takes about three hours to print, and can customized to suit.
The tag “Precise as toothpaste. Heavy like oak. Colors like pure paint. Designed like a cloud” hangs from a Chubby Chair, summing up Dirk Van Der Kooij’s philosophy and production method as a unique, sustainable and fun alternative.
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