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Chair, Adaptation

This is a chair. It was designed by Joris Laarman Lab.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Joris Laarman as part of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age.

It is dated 2014. Its medium is copper, thermoplastic polyurethane (tpu).

The lacy structure of the Adaptation Chair was algorithmically generated to mimic long-cell growth. Cells stretch vertically to form legs, then fan into increasingly fine, interwoven branches to create the seat surface. To fabricate the chair, Joris and his team employed a process similar to electroplating to attract nanocrystalline copper onto a 3D-printed polyamide form, which is then melted away.

It is credited Courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab.

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Chaise, Microstructures
  • 3d-printed polyamide, copper, nickel, textile, foam.
  • Courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab.
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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 74 × 70 × 62 cm (29 1/8 × 27 9/16 × 24 7/16 in.)

We have 1 video that features Chair, Adaptation.

Adaptation Chair

Making of the Adaptation Chair

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age.

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