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Zaha Hadid Architects design 3D-printed chairs for Nagami’s Milan debut zha_news

Milan Design Week just kicked off, and one impressive highlight is the debut exhibition Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology by brand-new Spanish company, Nagami.

Marking the brand’s official launch event, the show at the Nagami pop-up showroom in Milan’s Brera Design District features four exquisite chairs—designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove, and Daniel Widrig—that combined computational design and large-scale robotic 3D printing.

Bow & Rise by Zaha Hadid Architects for Nagami

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Patrik Schumacher
Design Team: Sebastian Andia

Design description: “Bow and Rise are the latest results of the extensive, ongoing research that Zaha Hadid Architects is conducting within the domains of 3D printing and material experimentation. These chairs combine pristine design informed by structural optimisation processes typically found in nature, with innovative materials and the most advanced fabrication methods. The pattern and the colour gradient of both pieces concur in redefining the traditional spatial relationship between furniture and its setting. Bow and Rise have been printed with a pellet-extruder employing raw plastic particles rather than a filament. The chosen plastic is PLA, a non-toxic, biodegradable material from renewable sources such as corn-starch, which ensure lightness and stability.”


Finish: tinted PLA plastic 
Color: translucent aquamarine / orange 
Dimensions: 705 x 640 x 1060 mm 
Materials: PLA plastic


Finish: tinted PLA plastic 
Color: translucent / black 
Dimensions: 780 x 810 x 1180 mm 
Materials: PLA plastic

Robotica TM by Ross Lovegrove for Nagami

Designer: Ross Lovegrove 
Finish: tinted PLA plastic + TPE 
Color: light grey / orange 
Dimensions: 445 x 445 x 758 mm  Materials: PLA plastic + TPE

Design description: “Robotica TM takes form at the convergence of two fields – botany and robotics – to coin a new approach to design that crystallises the natural programming in nature with that of robotics within artificial manufacturing. Built from a rotational geometry, Robotica TM presents an indirectly intelligible function. Thanks to its adaptable character, the high stool, which has 360° formal access, can also perform as a table upon which to place food that has just been taken out of the oven, due to its heat-proof silicone inserts in the seat, or as a plinth for a sculpture-TV, or even as a stand-alone aesthetic object, fulfilling any ancillary needs within a home.”

Peeler by Daniel Widrig for Nagami 

Designer: Daniel Widrig 
Finish: tinted PLA plastic 
Color: black 
Dimensions: 670 x 570 x 880 mm 
Materials: PLA plastic 

Design description: “Peeler has been conceived to overcome the limits of additive manufacturing, thus far serving small niche markets. Winking at mass production, it is 3D printed in single 7mm thick shells of PLA by an industrial robot in just a few hours, consuming a small amount of machine time with minimum waste of material. The chair has been designed to satisfy both the ergonomic constraints of the human body, as well as the ergonomics of the robotic arm that prints it. Consisting of three undulating skinlike surfaces, Peeler emerges out of a convergence of human and machine requirements.”

ZHA principal Patrik Schumacher gave a keynote lecture at the opening event today.

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