The machines have taken over and the future of product design is upon us. Computational design and large-scale robotic 3D is increasingly an integral part of the creative process. Design firm Nagami is a leader in this field and has its headquarters in the ancient walled town of Ávila in Castille & León, Spain. The location of the practice is something of an irony given its futuristic credentials: the start-up recently made a move towards producing the first commercially available 3D-printed furniture collection, entitled Brave New World. The pioneering project takes its name from the Aldous Huxley novel (though Huxley borrowed the phrase from Shakespeare).
The collection, a collaboration with a group of renowned architects and designers, comprises six chairs – all 3D printed in tinted PLA plastic by an industrial robot. Four of the chairs made their debut at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in April.
Nagami's organic Bow and Rise chairs were designed by Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects; they explore the natural growth processes and forms of marine life. The Ross Lovegrove-designed 360° Robotica high stool combines organic forms with robotic technology, and also doubles as a side table. The Peeler, by London-based architect and designer Daniel Widrig, is designed to overcome the ergonomic constraints of the human body. The elegant Estrat and Nobu chairs were designed by Nagami co-founder Manuel Jiménez García; Estrat is inspired by the forms found in crystals while Nobu evokes the transition from a smooth skin to a convoluted interior.
The collection, a collaboration with a group of renowned architects and designers, comprises six chairs – all 3D printed in tinted PLA plastic by an industrial robot