The dream of directly translating 2D sketches into 3D objects has finally come to fruition. At last week’s imm Cologne, Korean designer Jinil Park debuted his Drawing Furniture Series – chairs, lamps and tables that precisely replicate early-stage line drawings. Such an endeavour sparks the age-old question: do we really need more chairs?
If an armchair – roughly composed of wire rods and nothing else – can achieve structural stability, than the answer is yes. This feat has been made possible not by 3D printing but tried and tested welding techniques, as the wires are strengthened by being conjoined at multiple points. For both chair prototypes, these clusters are strategically positioned to support human weight and reflect an intuitive understanding of shape.
Drawing Furniture Series originated out of a need to try something new. ‘I thought I could create interesting 3D forms from 2D sketches rather than thinking of different shapes and appearances,’ Park explains. Having already developed chairs, lamps and table prototypes, he hopes to continue testing different compositions and to explore new applications including a bookshelf.
Photos courtesy of Jinil Park