…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: