Initiated by LABEL/BREED, the National Aerospace Center has given designer Marleen Kaptein unique access to their fibre placement robot. This machine is capable of printing thin but strong carbon tape in all directions. Marleen Kaptein has used this technology, the know-how of the engineers and the carbon material as inspiration for her work.
The fiber placement robot slowly lays carbon tape to make amazing patterns that, when combined, take the form of a stunning chair.
The intense collaboration between two very different disciplines results in an object that is part furniture, part art. When placed in the living room, it triggers the discussion on the strength, uniqueness, talent and innovative power of both the designer and the Dutch manufacturing industry.
The Fibre placement chair is in the main Collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
96% of the chair is made of recycled carbon from cutting waste. 4% make up the backrest and seat which are made from carbon fibre tape, printed by the robot and fused together as it cools down. The robot lays down the entire pattern in large 10m sheets and we cut the backrest and seat from this. Therefore each chair has a unique design.
The recycled carbon chair is in the Collection of the Vitra Museum