Furniture generated by smart algorithms, the world’s first fully functional 3D printed steel bridge and a 3D printable chair downloadable from the Internet are just some of their ingenious projects.

From 27 September to 14 January 2018, Joris Laarman Lab:Design in the Digital Age will take centre stage at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

Curated by the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands, the exhibition features Laarman’s work from the early years through to new works supported by videos, sketches, renderings and experimental objects.

“Since Cooper Hewitt first acquired Joris’s design school thesis project, the Heat Wave Radiator, we have keenly watched him build a body of work that abolishes traditional distinctions between the natural and machine-made, decorative and functional, and points toward an exciting new future of design,” said Caroline Baumann, Director of the Cooper Hewitt.

Highlights of the Joris Laarman Lab:Design in the Digital Age exhibition will be, the MX3D Bridge, a fully functional footbridge that is being printed in stainless steel for a canal in Amsterdam using advanced robotic technology, due for completion next year. Laarman’s Bone Chair with a form inspired by a computer algorithm that simulates natural bone growth, his Makerchair series, the Heat Wave Radiator, 3D printed Dragon bench and Digital Matter tables.

“This exhibition will be a stimulating journey of discovery that will delve deeply into Joris’s conceptual thinking and collaborative approach to design, as well as his embrace of experimentation to fuel his creative process,” Baumann says.

Born in 1979, Laarman studied at the Eindhoven Design Academy and has been exhibiting since 2003. A comprehensive monograph of Joris Laarman Lab:Design in the Digital Age will be released in September, published by August Editions. 

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