Off the shores of Dubai, the majestic Arabian Sea section of the northern Indian Ocean can trace its history back to important marine trade routes. Also known as the Sea of Oman, this massive body of water is known for its turquoise waters and unique wave patterns. This natural wonder was the inspiration behind Middle East Architecture Network’s Mawj 3D Printed Chair, an innovative contemporary armchair meant to explore the potential of robotic 3D-printing in the furniture industry.
Named for the Arabic word for “wave” and conceived in Dubai, Mawj is designed to reflect the natural waves and colors that characterize the Arabian Sea and its adjoining coastal city. Deep turquoise in color with a unique curved shape, the chair is built out of plastic polymer material via a 3D-printing machine supplied by Nagami Design.
According to Middle East Architecture Network, the chair’s proportions reflect the iconic Eames Lounge Armchair originally released in the 1950s. The company sees the chair as a prototype for future technology in furniture design and manufacturing. Although the heart of the design is based on an armchair of the past, it looks towards the future in its process.
Lines of plastic polymer are printed to create a weaving pattern, adding layer upon layer to ultimately wrap around and form curves. This weaved design is meant to mimic the different levels of waves that form across the surface of the sea, but it also adds substantial durability to the chair. The resulting chair is just six millimeters thick.
“Mawj is a venture towards a future where minimal material is required to carefully design and shape objects into practical, lightweight, and comfortable pieces of furniture, that enrich our lives,” Middle East Architecture Network said in a statement. The project serves as an important reminder that the future of furniture production has the potential to reach in many different directions, using breakthrough technology while still honoring traditional design aesthetics.
Photography by Luis Filipe