Bionic design is the combination of the latest technological processing methods and organic form. The ‘Bone Chair’ by the Netherlands designer Joris Laarman from 2006 was a prime example of this trend. Inspired by the growth of bones, this elegant high tech sculpture was created with the help of a special tool developed by General Motors Engineering Europe.
“In 2006, Laarman’s Bone Chair revolutionized the design process by using an algorithm to translate the complexity, proportion and functionality of human bone and tree growth into a chair form. The algorithm, originally used by the German car industry, enabled him to reduce and strengthen his designs by optimizing material allocation, weight and stability, while minimizing material input. In his own words, he sculpted “using mother nature’s underlying codes.”
The exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery showcases the last five years of Joris Laarman’s investigation. It will be open until 10 April.
to the Friedman Benda Gallery website
to the Joris Laarman website