I'm interested in the new materials and manufacturing techniques that are changing what is possible. Came across this today - the coolest object I have seen for a while: The One Shot Stool by Patrick Jouin.
Patrick Jouin is a designer who used to work for Phillipe Stark’s studio in Paris.
His stool design is manufactured using a very cool rapid prototyping process called Selective Laser Sintering. Sound thrilling? Wait for this: the stool and all its moving parts are cut from a single piece. Using a special laser, the procedure cuts out a 3D model that maintains its kinetic properties by integrating hinges in its construction.
The design world loves it. It debuted at Salon Del Mobile Milan in April 2006 (which some of our Massey Design School students also exhibited at). It is in the permanent collections at MOMA in New York the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
I want one.