Patricia Sendin

Domus and Audi's Milan Exhibit Explores "The Future in the Making"

by , 04/24/12

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Endless Chairs by Dirk Vander Kooij

Award-winning designer Dirk Vander Kooij showcased his reprogrammed robot ‘Endless’, and the furniture line it produced at this year’s fair.  The colorful range of “Endless” chairs and tables have been printed by the robot using recycled refrigerator interiors. It takes only three hours to produce a chair and the robot can be reprogrammed at any time to introduce changes to the design.

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Alu Chair by Dirk Vander Kooij

Vander Kooij also debuted his beautiful Aluminium Chair. The chair is made from aluminium bits in a synthetic mix and has a seat polished to a satin finished. The mixture gives a wonderful sparkle to the finish and allows for a sleeker, more sturdy design.

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Recycled CDs Lamp by Dirk Vander Kooij

Another new design by Vander Kooij is this  floor lamp made with ground-up recycled CD casings. The light source is embedded in the transparent material, giving the whole lamp a glow of different intensities.

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Endless Robot by Dirk Vander Kooij

The Endless robot was printing furniture non-stop at the exhibition, showcasing the many possibilities it offers — from designing new pieces on-site to creating variations of existing designs. The robot uses an extruder that turns recycled e-waste into a stream of plastic material, which the robot uses to print each layer of a product — much like a 3D printer. When all the layers are done, the product is ready for polishing.

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Printrbot by Brook Drumm

The crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter.com is revolutionizing the traditional production process by helping entrepreneurs fund and self-produce their designs. Kickstarter has been growing rapidly for the last 3 years, and is estimated to raise more than $150 millions for its user projects this year. Here, the exhibition displays some of the industrial designs produced via pledged funds — all of which have exceeded their target amount.

Above you’ll see ‘Printrbot’, a desktop 3D printer that can be assembled in just a couple of hours. Designer Brook Drumm has reduced its complexity to a minimum to make it simple enough to be used in every home.

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Sketch Chair by Diatom Studio

Diatom Studio presented Sketch Chair, an open-source software tool that allows anyone to design and build their own chairs. With the help of a 2D drawing interface, users can create their own design and test its stability. Alternatively, they can use and edit designs that have been uploaded to a common database.

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CineSkates Camera Sliders by Justin Jensen

CineSkates Camera Sliders is a set of three wheels that attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video. The product designed by Justin Jensen can produce shots that have previously only been possible with bulky and expensive equipment. The tripod can be used for weddings, sporting events, product demos, and anything that could benefit from a different shot. Backed by 2000 people, the project has exceeded its funding goal by 24 times!

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+ Inhabitat Coverage of the Milan Furniture Fair

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