Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

September 27, 2017 - January 15, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York


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Furniture generated by smart algorithms, the world's first fully functional 3-D printed steel bridge and a 3-D printable Makerchair that can be downloaded from the internet.  These are but a few examples of the ingenious oeuvre of designer/inventor Joris Laarman, who works at the intersection of design, art and engineering.  From September 27 through January 15, 2018, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present "Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age."  Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, the exhibition will make its U.S. debut at Cooper Hewitt and travel to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


"Since Cooper Hewitt first acquired Joris' design school thesis project, the Heat Wave Radiator, we have keenly watched him build a body of work that abolished traditional distinctions between the natural and machine-made, decorative and functional, and points towards an exciting new furutre for design," said Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann.  "This exhibition will be a stimulating journey of discovery that will delve deeply into Joris' conceptual thinking and collaborative approach to design, as well as his embrace of experimentation to fuel his creative process."


Joris Laarman Lab, founded in 2004 with filmmaker and partner Anita Star, employs a team of engineers, programmers and craftspeople to conduct cutting-edge experiments, using manufacturing processes that are often as innovative as the end results.


Organized by the Groninger Museum's Chief Curator Mark Wilson and Curator of Contemporary Art, Design and Fashion Sue-an van der Zijpp, the exhibition features early, recent and new work by Laarman, alongside videos, sketches, renderings and experimental objects.  The exhibition at Cooper Hewitt is overseen by Assistant Curator of Contemporary Design Andrea Lipps.

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