Collection Online
painted Maple (Acer sp.), painted Ash (Fraxinus sp.)
77.5 × 53.7 × 60.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
engraved in metal plate on underside of rear leg c.: JORIS Laarman / prototype
Accession Number
Contemporary Design and Architecture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Donald Russell Elford and Dorothy Grace Elford Bequest, 2017
© Joris Laarman
Gallery location
Not on display
As affordable computer-controlled machines, smart software and new materials become more common, digital fabrication has developed from being a tool for prototyping to a way of manufacturing actual products. Laarman’s Maker chair explores this space by offering a chair composed of digitally fabricated 3D parts that fit together exactly, like a three-dimensional puzzle. By fractioning designs into many small parts, small consumer 3D printers and computer numerical control milling machines can produce the building blocks for larger objects, revealing a future where large-scale construction could be achieved through open source systems sharing building blocks and parts of products printed on demand.