The second chair in the microstructures series was called the Aluminum Gradient Chair and elaborates on the use of aluminum in furniture design, but now in the digital age. It was designed and directly laser sintered in aluminum. Using generative design tools and new material research we basically created a lightweight aluminum structure like foam that is engineered on a cellular level to address specific functional needs for different areas in the object. The solid cells in the design create structural strength and rigidity while the more open cells create material reduction and lightness, all within one printing technique.
The Aluminum Gradient chair is part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Australia and Vitra design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.
(photocredit: JL, Friedman Benda Gallery, Adriaan de Groot)