Will robots take over all of our work, or will digital fabrication usher in a new era in which craftsmanship, enabled by technology, regains a central position in society?
With reference to his collection of experimental furniture on display in NGV Triennial, Joris Laarman investigates these questions while demonstrating that we are on the cusp of great change.
In 2004 Laarman, together with his partner and filmmaker Anita Star, founded a lab in Amsterdam to collaborate with craftspeople, scientists and software engineers. Laarman is interested in how technology can transform design, and uses emerging technology to develop futuristic objects and design processes. His work provides insight into the shifting nature of design and manufacturing, revealing that we are at the point of a dramatic transition from large-scale twentieth-century industrial manufacturing to a new twenty-first-century paradigm of small-scale and decentralised digital fabrication.