Jon: Sketch Furniture by Front Design…

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…the ugliest coolest furniture  I’ve seen since my last visit to the Ikea children’s department.



Lady operated Swedish design studio Front is focused not only on creating previously unseen forms in design, they also work on discovering new methods for developing them. By taking cues from creative thinkers who exist outside the traditional realm of furniture making, they have been able to create objects that have never been seen before (a claim often made in design, but rarely true). 

Sketch Furniture, one of their more ambitious projects to date, relies on animation studio motion capture technology to create furniture directly from the designers mind to reality, forgoing traditional drafting requirments.

From the Front Studio website:

The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture. Motion Capture is a technique that translates motions into 3D-files. Motion capture is mostly used for animations in movies and computer games. Front have used the technique to simply record the tip of a pen when they draw pieces of furniture in the air. Rapid Prototyping is a technique that materialises 3D-files. A laser beam builds the 3D-file layer by layer within a liquid plastic material. Every 0.1mm the liquid harden by a laser beam. After a few hours, the 3D-files come out as materialised pieces.


Here is a video of the design process in action:

Make sure to go to their (poorly made) website to see several more amazing projects.


3 Responses to “Jon: Sketch Furniture by Front Design…”

  1. 1 Chris
    June 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    When I used to watch American Chopper, I know they had a big cutting machine that worked on specs fed in, I believe via computer drawing, to cut the metals into the shape they wanted… so it would seem a relatively easy, short jump from that to these.

    Kinda neat. Organic-shaped furniture. Reminds me a bit of the spaceship they stumble across in the first Alien (which, I assume offhand, was designed by artist HR Giger), or the mushrooms sat upon by Alice’s hookah-smoking friend in Wonderland.

  2. June 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hi I am the head of design at Exemplar Zero. At present I am helping the artist Makouri Scott to realize the creation of the first work of art from outer space. Makouri will be one of the passengers on Sir Richard Branson’s maiden flight to space next year. Makouri’s goal while in space is to draw from his seat an image that is visible on a transparent screen or be it, in thin air. The data generated from this image would be transferred to a laser milling machine that would produce a 3 D sculpture in real time back on earth.

    Do you believe it is possible on this flight for a passenger standing in the isle to generate a visible image created in real time, in thin air, keeping in mind the tight constraints of a space crafts cabin?

    Assuming it is, what shapes other than those derived from extrusions are possible?

    Yours truly
    Richard Sauter

  3. June 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Hello, I make Custom Furniture and I also Design them,

    Have a look at them tell me what you think:


    Check out the Gallery and *News* Section


    Tabaka Wood

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