Occasionally, I’ll see some Antonio Gaudi architecture, and just start draping balls of strings and chains from everything, cover it with plaster and throw some shards of glass at it. If you know (and appreciate) Gaudi, you might feel the same.

The work he’s done is inspiring, as is the work he’s inspired in others. Enrico Dini and his 3D Printed structures is one example. This 3D printed chair from Freedom of Creation (FoC) is another. It’s aptly named the Gaudi Chair. I bet you’re wondering why. It’s not for it’s minimalism, material or manufacturing process.

What could it be? Here’s how it got the name and how they went about producing it.

“Gaudi Stool was designed using the same method as Antoni Gaudi, who made models of hanging chains, which upside-down showed him the strongest shape for his churches. Additionally, to be able to determine the structure of the chair’s backrest, a software script was used.”

The chair is from Dutch designer Bram Geenen and as mentioned above, it was printed using selective laser sintering (SLS) with a lay-up of carbon fiber across the top surface. A software script was used to calculate the rib pattern you seen on the underside. The direction and amount of force determined the layout and height of the ribs. It’s a beautiful example of the visual nature of analysis and how it can be applied.

The chair isn’t cheap, but if you would like in the corner of your living area while you yell at the kids to stay off of it, you can pick it up for the chair and stool set for € 13426.05 (US $17,275) or the chair for € 5854.62 (US $7,533).

Via Fabaloo


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.