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“Layered” Furniture Collection

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While studying at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Dirk Vander Coy made up his own 3D-printer, an industrial robot, which recycles plastic according to drawings and prints furniture and home furnishings. The uniqueness of this robot is that all things are formed out of thin layers of plastic and printed in low resolution, which give creations of Vander Coy particularly expressive, rough texture.

“Layered” Furniture Collection Made on 3D Printer

New Babylon chairs by Dirk Vander Coy

New Babylon chairs by Dirk Vander Coy 

Unique, one-of-a-kind items from the designer are obtained due to heterogeneity of processed material that is used by the designer.

The first successful result of the work of the designer and his 3D printer was his graduate work. “Layered” chair Endless, which is different each time it turns out, was bought over the next two years by the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Art and Design, Design Museum Vitra, the London Design Museum and the Institute of Design Chicago. Now he finished his following collection of “layered” furniture called New Babylon.

The collection began with the fact that the designer has received a major order – he was asked to come up with the furnishing for a new multipurpose complex New Babylon in The Hague. The designer set up the Fat Line tables throughout the territory of the large community center (he has worked for a long time over the design of the tables) and three brand new facilities – New Babylon armchair, floor vases Changing and Lenses lamp.

New Babylon chairs look as if covered with silk. The designer tried to make them look gentle. Thin layers of recycled colored plastic form a hemisphere of seat and leg of the chair, which is quite different than the Endless chair, which brought recognition and fame to the author.

In the same technique Dirk Vander Coy “printed” Changing vases – asymmetrical floor vessels whose forms varies depending on the viewing angle. Vases are designed in two weight categories: 11 Ibs and 15 Ibs. Their colors are unpredictable and depend on the plastic, which would be in the hands of the designer.

The jewel of the New Babylon collection became a three-meter sculpture Lenses – an art object and a lamp installed in the main lobby of the complex. Unlike other items in this collection, Lenses is not made of recycled plastic and transparent plastic. So it looks like a grandmother’s crystal. Dirk Vander Coy made the giant vase of 30,000 transparent plastic lenses that during daylight hours increase the intensity of daylight, and in the evening 12,000 LEDs are lit inside the lamp.

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