International firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has designed two chairs— Bow and Rise—for Spanish 3D printing and robotic manufacturing company Nagami's debut exhibition, "Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology," which will be showcased at a pop-up showroom as part of Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan. The two 3D-printed chairs, designed by ZHA principal Patrik Schumacher, will be displayed alongside creations by Welsh industrial designer Ross Lovegrove and London-based designer Daniel Widrig from April 17–22.
The Bow and Rise chairs were printed via "a pellet-extruder using raw particles made of biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) materials from renewable sources—such as corn starch—that also provide lightness and stability," according to a ZHA press release. The outer shell of the 46"-tall Bow chair is tinted in opaque black while the inside is a translucent pink; the 42"-tall Rise chair combines translucent aquamarine with an orange interior. Each piece borrows both structural and aesthetic elements from nature, according to the firm.
"Brave New World" will also host a series of daily lectures, roundtables, and discussions throughout the week led by a group of architects, engineers, and artists who will speak on the subject of digital design.
Nagami was founded by Manuel Jimenez García, Miki Jimenez García, and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa, and is based in Ávila, Spain. According to the cofounders, they "design products that until now were just waiting for the right technology to come to life: Not only objects that you can hold, but also that you can feel and experience as part of your environment."
An official opening event for "Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology," will be kicked off by a keynote from ZHA's Schumacher on April 18.