April 10, 2014 AT 7:00 am

Multi-materials, Noise-canceling 3D-printed Chaise Longue by Neri Oxman #3DxArchitecture #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Multi-materials, Noise-canceling 3D-printed chaise longue by Neri Oxman. From Dezeen:

This chaise longue by architect, designer and MIT professor Neri Oxman features 44 different composite materials 3D-printed inside a wooden enclosure, creating a multi-coloured recliner.

…Each of the materials has a different rigidity and colour, and is arranged to cushion the user. The choice of shapes is also informed by their noise-cancelling properties.

“The chaise is designed to use curved surfaces that tend to reflect the sound inwards,” said Oxman. “The surface structure scatters the sound and reflects it into the 3D-printed skin that absorbs that sound, and creates a quiet and calm environment.”

The outer layer is made from a solid wood shell milled using a CNC machine by New York company SITU Fabrication. It follows the contours of the body, with a deep seat, back rest, and a curving head piece that immerses the user and helps block out sound.

Gemini Alpha was designed in collaboration with W. Craig Carter, professor at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

It is currently on display at Le Laboratoire art and design centre in Paris and the second piece, Gemini Beta, will be unveiled in September.

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4 Comments

  1. Surely you mean “lounge” and not “longue”?

  2. Why, yes I did — thanks for catching that!
    EDIT: oops, should have stuck to my guns. It is “chaise longue” : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaise_longue

  3. Huh. After I wrote the comment, I thought maybe I missed a joke, and “longue” was deliberate since the piece looks a bit like a tongue. But then your wikipedia link shows me I was just ignorant of the whole thing. Heh. D’oh! A day without confronting my own ignorance would be a boring day indeed. Thanks!

  4. she’s gorgeous! I love all her creatures – she’s pushing the boundaries of digital fabrication combined with an organic generative design – that’s what I’d call shaping the future…

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