coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona

Lowpoly crafts coffee grounds-based 3D printed furniture

 

In the heart of Barcelona, within the historic Casa Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí, D·Origen Coffee Shop introduces the world’s first coffee shop incorporating 3D-printed elements made from coffee grounds. This innovative space, designed by Gianluca Pugliese of LOWPOLY, uses the pioneering LOWIMPACT® material, a blend of recycled PLA and coffee grounds. The project exemplifies the sustainable reuse of coffee waste, transforming it into functional design elements.

 

The coffee shop features custom furniture including counters, lamps, and stools, crafted to blend seamlessly with the historic architecture. The counters, a focal point of the design, are made from LOWIMPACT® material, showcasing the unique amber textures that, when backlit, create captivating light effects. This material, containing 98% organic content, is biodegradable and petroleum-free, combining recycled coffee grounds with various polymers for different color tones and textures.

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
all images courtesy of Lowpoly

 

 

LOWPOLY’s project demonstrates innovative circular design

 

The architectural vision, inspired by the fluidity of coffee, translates sensory experiences into tangible forms. Collaborating with designer Arturo Tedeschi, the team employed artificial intelligence and parametric design to create an environment that engages the senses beyond the visual. The geometrically coherent lamps complement the counters, completing the harmonious design of the space.

 

Production utilized advanced 3D printing techniques with large-format printers and modified Rev3rd extruders, capable of handling high-organic-content materials. Industrial robotic arms ensured precision in crafting the bespoke pieces, resulting in five unique elements that define the coffee shop’s aesthetic.

 

D·Origen Coffee Shop is not just a place to enjoy coffee but a demonstration of circular design principles. The use of recycled coffee grounds in design addresses significant environmental issues, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional materials. This project highlights the potential for innovative materials in design and construction, setting a new standard for sustainability in the specialty coffee industry.

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
LOWPOLY designs custom furniture for D·Origen Coffee Shop in Barcelona

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
counters’ design is inspired by the fluidity and richness of coffee

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
the main parametric-designed counter uses LOWIMPACT® material made from recycled PLA and coffee grounds

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
the color shades are created naturally by different densities of coffee grounds

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
coffee grounds-based furniture sets a new standard for sustainability through innovative circular design

 

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amber textures backlit to create mesmerizing light effects

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
imperfections and irregularities of the materials are transformed into distinctive features and strengths

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
one of the stools’ designs mimics the shape of a coffee bean

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
organic content is combined with polymers for varied colors and textures

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
lamps, geometrically and materially coherent with the counters, complete the design

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
the use of industrial robotic arms ensured precision and facilitated the creation of five bespoke pieces

coffee waste turns into 3D printed furniture decorating d·origen coffee shop in barcelona
this biodegradable, petroleum-free material contains 98% organic content from coffee grounds

 

project info:

 

name: 3D printed coffee store with spent coffee ground

designer: LOWPOLY | @lowpoly.studio

lead designers: Gianluca Pugliese, Arturo Tedeschi, Ilaria Marzano
client: D·Origen Coffee Shop

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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