joris laarman at friedman benda, nyc
mar 02, 2010
joris laarman at friedman benda, nyc

joris laarman
at: friedman benda, nyc

from: march 4 until april 10, 2010

‘bridge table’ (small), 2010
aluminum and tungsten carbide
29.5 x 130.25 x 48 inches
74.9 x 330.8 x 121.9 cm
edition of 8

on march 4th, a new body of work by dutch designer joris laarman will be unveiled
at friedman benda, nyc – his first U.S. solo exhibition. laarman’s aesthetic merges cutting
edge technology and the life-sciences to create work of unexpected beauty. in 2008,
laarman’s bone chair and bone chaise, his first two works since graduating from eindhoven,
were displayed in MoMA’s exhibition design and the elastic mind. this marked a major
milestone in his career and the chair subsequently, was added to the museum’s permanent

in 2006, laarman’s bone chair revolutionized the design process by using an algorithm
to translate the complexity, proportion and functionality of human bone and tree growth
into a chair form. the algorithm, originally used by the german car industry, enabled
him to reduce and strengthen his designs by optimizing material allocation, weight
and stability, while minimizing material input. In his own words, he sculpted ‘using
mother nature’s underlying codes.’

the upcoming exhibition is the culmination of five years of trial and error, exploratory
material research and his continuous quest to translate science into functional objects
of beauty now, on a monumental scale. his new body of work expands on his core
investigations; it includes skyline storage, fractal bookshelf, a table that captures
patterns inherent to flocks of birds, and a sustainable lamp made from living cells.

‘leaf table’, 2010
resin, steel and aluminum
28 3/4 x 79 1/2 x 79 1/2 inches
73 x 201.9 x 201.9 cm

‘cumulus table’, 2010
large:15.5 x 73 x 29 inches
39.4 x 185.4 x 73.7 cm
small:13.75 x 19 x 14 inches
34.9 x 48.3 x 35.6 cm

‘in case of a thousand books’, 2010
steel, poly concrete and glass
making process

the basic idea behind this is to create objects of an uncommon scale using the craft of
an architectural model maker. its a 5.6 meter high book staircase in glass, stainless steel
and poly concrete.

Id like to create many different ones experimenting with all kinds of materials
and functional and conceptual approaches.
‘ – joris laarman

‘in case of a thousand books’, 2010
steel, poly concrete and glass

‘asimov chair’ made by robots

the basic idea behind this is to fold (and in the future cut and weld) curved crease plate
materials. in a way its like rapid prototyping with sheet materials. super efficient, because
you don’t need expensive injection moulds, the robots can fold endless different objects
very fast in one installation and you can ship flat plates instead of volumes. together with
the studio’s UK developer they started this project for the first time. this is typically
a research that could be translated into industrial products.

‘half life’ lamp

this lamp half life –it is half made of living organism and half made of non living material
recently died*. it was born on february 23 in a dutch tissue culture laboratory. on the video
half life radiated brightly when it was in healthy conditions. the cells responsible for the emission
of light in the hood of the lamp originally stem from a chinese hamster. in 1957 these CHO
cells were isolated from a hamster’s ovary and kept alive as a cell culture for research purposes.
in the 1990s this cell line was enriched with the fire fly’s luciferase gene. ever since than these
hamster cells glow in the dark in presence of luciferine. according to present state of knowledge
in the life science the development of bioluminescence systems in living organisms occurred
naturally about 20 or 30 times in evolution. well known examples of bioluminescence are found
in bacteria, fire flies, and jelly fish.

‘half life’ lamp

‘bone’ rocker, 2008
cast black marble resin
29.5 x 37.5 x 34.5 inches
74.9 x 95.3 x 87.6 cm

‘bone’ armchair, 2008 and ‘bone’ rocker, 2008
cast marble resin
29.52 x 31.49 x 39.37 inches
75 x 80 x 100 cm

joris laarman was born in the netherlands in 1979, and graduated cum laude from
the design academy eindhoven in 2003. while still in school he created the ‘heatwave
radiator,’ a design widely-lauded and incorporated into museum collections such as
the cooper-hewitt and fond national d’art contemporain, puteaux, france, and has been
produced by droog. in 2004, he received wallpaper’s ‘young designer of the year’ award,
and in the same year established his studio and laboratory.

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