Endless Chair by Dirk Vander Kooij

Endless chairs are named for the single, long string that makes each one. But saying string may be a bit misleading, because the string is a continuous bead of gooey, recycled refrigerator laid down by a repurposed robot (named Franuc)¬†described as “heavyset, yellow and dilapidated.” Designer Dirk Vander Kooij explains: “I taught a robot his new craft: drawing furniture out of one endlessly long plastic string. this opened the possibility¬†for me to design in the good old-fashioned way, making a chair, evaluating, refining, making a chair, evaluating,¬†refining and making a chair. Or developing an infinitely large collection of variations, endlessly.” It’s funny to me that someone embarking to design in the good, old-fashioned way could arrive at endpoint that involves a robot, but it absolutely makes sense when talking about the ability to improve a chair after it’s production has begun.


December 20, 2010