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Zaandam, The Netherlands

Turning recycled fridges interiors into colourful, 3D printed chairs:

Dutch designer DIRK VAN DER KOOIJ (b. 1983) is best known for his playful extrusions of recycled plastic. Holding the attitude of craftsman-inventor, he marries hand and machine to redeem the ultimate imitator. In 2011, the pioneering Endless Chair won acclaim as the first piece of furniture to be constructed from low-resolution 3D printing. Buzzing with texture and refined obsessively, the chair established an unforeseen relationship between craft and plastic. Gifting warmth and specificity to this ubiquitous material, Kooij objects nestle between the possibilities of the hand and the impossibilities of the machine. Items from the Kooij collection have been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum, MoMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Vitra Design Museum, The National Museum, Oslo, and the Design Museum in London.

Chubby Chair - Kooij

Dirk van der Kooij first fell in love with low resolution 3D printing as a student, fulfilling his search for honest and functional ornamentation. The chubby chair remains his most playful child of this process, which finds its alien form through the limitations of a self-developed, plastic extruding robot.

Designed in 2012, the chubby maintains a keystone position in the Kooij catalogue. It is held in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum and The Design Museum in London.

Explore the work of KOOIJ by clicking any of the images.

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