What if anyone could make spectacular furniture, all by themselves?

This democratic idea inspired the Maker series of Dutch designer Joris Laarman. To make them by hand would be very difficult. But, because the individual components are so small, they can be fabricated using digital tools. Laarman released the blueprints for one of his simpler Maker chairs online so that anyone could create their own versions: ‘we invite everyone to help make them smarter and more diverse.’

The two benches here, while made of many individual parts, are more customised, taking full advantage of the capabilities of Laarman’s studio.

Their patterns reflect the historic chequered floor, and are also mirror images of each other. One of the many advantages of digital design is that a complicated shape can be flipped around with the press of a button.

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