Biomimicry

July 2, 2017
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3D printed polyamide seat

With the aid of 3D printing, designer Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair represents a more sustainable alternative to the conventional furniture production practices of combining a variety of dissimilar materials with toxic adhesives. Based on the geometry of natural organisms, such as the strong yet lightweight structures of plant cells, van Daal’s design embodies multiple material properties using a single substance, without the need for adhesives. By varying the structure in several places, the designer achieves the myriad characteristics of load-bearing construction, micro and macro support, ventilation, and skin—all using polyamide material. Unlike traditionally manufactured seating, the monomaterial soft seat is also readily recyclable at the end of its functional life.

Contact: Lilian van Daal, Arnhem, The Netherlands.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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