The collection
Bright yellow 3D-printed chair that appears to be made from a scribbled drawing.

Chair, C2, Solid collection

Designed by
Patrick Jouin (born 1967)
Epoxy resin
Produced by
Materialise, MGX, Louvain, Belgium
77.5 x 39.5 x 50.8 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, 2008.23

In this innovative design and production process, Patrick Jouin begins with a three-dimensional freehand sketch that is converted into a digital code and sent to a computer. The computer, in turn, directs a laser to transform the data into a solid object, an early work in 3-D printing. The laser beam makes contact with nylon powder and hardens it instantly, building tiny layers of material like a stalagmite.

The designer can create forms shaped by electronic information that are otherwise impossible to fabricate. Jouin describes this freedom of creation as “emancipation from the limitations of the molds.” Using the power of the computer and rapid manufacturing, he achieves a complex design inspired by criss-crossing blades of grass.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.