Robot Now Printing Mini-Chairs And Tables From Melted Refrigerators

The robot has replicated!

Dirk Vander Kooij has expanded his menu of robot-built furnishings made out of melted refrigerators, with a new miniature chair and a dining-room table.

The Dutch designer blew us away last year at the Graduation Show of the Design Academy Eindhoven, when he presented a disused industrial robot that’d been hacked to spew a hot stream of ground-up, recycled refrigerator bits in the shape of a chair. The robot was capable of spitting out 4,000 chairs a year, each customizable and totally functional. Here’s a nice distillation of the process:

Now, Vander Kooij has programmed the machine to print everything from rocking chairs to tables to children’s furniture. The pieces come in a variety of colors and cost between 480 euros (for the kid’s chair) and 940 euros (for the rocking chair). Check out Vander Kooij’s website (updated in English, yay!) for more info.

[Images courtesy of Dirk Vander Kooij]

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  • Darren Bertuccio

    To alleviate the lines that you would get in your legs by sitting on the chair, maybe a dye cut felt cover that slips over and ties from underneath somehow. Or maybe a piece of hide to really contrast the old with the new. Totally inspiring work, well done!

  • Christopher

    I see a room with 100s of robots...oh wait, I can't see them, the lights are out.

  • Aaaaaaaaa

    I can only imagine the lines you would have on the back of your legs after sitting on one of these chairs for a while... 

  • Doc Thody

    Totally brilliant, incredibly simple but beautifully engineered. Love the table as it's colour tones nod to rattan 70's styles.- Doc T