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.


4 Comments Endless Chair by Dirk Vander Kooij

  1. Yvo December 21, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    yay! thats exactly the robot i need for my project.
    im printing mainly with clay but the recycling melter is awesome.. could recycle all my old Lego bits!

  2. José Luis December 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Amazing, just amazing. If you think about it the possibilities are endless. I’d love to see Yvo’s project too.

  3. tibere December 22, 2010 at 10:03 PM


  4. Jay Martino December 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    That is beyond cool. I’d personally love to watch the entire video of the chair being made start to finish. It really is that interesting. Recycled refrigurators? Pure genious. I’d definitely invest in that.

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