Draw up your furniture in the air

Wired Blogs: Gadget Lab – Voila! Create your own furniture out of thin air

What do you get when you mix performance art with digital and cutting edge manufacturing technology? I bet you wouldn’t have thought of furniture! Swedish design firm FRONT Design mix motion picture digital technology (think of those optical balls velcroed onto actors working in front of a blue screen) with rapid prototyping to create SKETCH furniture. They literally “draw” in the air as cameras capture their lines of motion, digitizing the information into 3D files that are then manufactured through rapid prototyping.

Quite an interesting concept – to actually materialize designs that are made impromptu and free hand. It’s a fascinating way to utilize and create by using the tools that are available today. To see for yourself, here’s a video of their process:

This reminds me of other designers, Marcel Wanders and Geoffrey Mann, whom I’ve read about who use a similar process of rendering motion into something physical through rapid prototyping. They were both featured in the Digitalability festival in Berlin this past May. Here’s a link to Marcel’s video on creating a vase based on a sneeze, accurately called the Airborne Snotty Vase.

via Wired Blog

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