Netherlands-based design practice, Minale-Maeda has created a concept for interior furniture, that can be downloaded, printed in 3D and assembled by anyone, anywhere.
Shown recently at the After the Bit Rush: Design in a Post Digital Age exhibition during Dutch Design Week, the project explores possibilities for sustainable and easily manufactured ‘future’ furniture.
Equally inspired by Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld, Japanese native Kuniko Maeda and German-born Mario-Minale began collaborating in 2005 following their graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Sharing a similar view on design, they continue to create products that echo contemporary, material culture, while considering the traditional skills of craft.
To create a piece of furniture from the collection, standard blueprints are simply downloaded, and can additionally be edited in size and materials to suite the requirements and taste of the user. A 3D printer then prints the final design components, and the surface material is cut at a local hardware store, before being quickly and simply assembled in a similar fashion to the Ikea ‘flatpack’ concept.
Minale-Maeda hopes that this cost effective concept for furniture could reduce the energy wasted on transportation, and enable consumers to have more input into the design aesthetics of their interior products.
For more inspiring projects from the After the Bit Rush showcase, curated by MU in Eindhoven – and more from Dutch Design Week – be sure to check out our extensive coverage of this influential design exhibition.
After the Bit Rush: Design in a Post Digital Age is on display at MU until December 23rd, 2011. – Samantha Fox
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