New Material Award 2009–2018 
New Material Award 2009-2018

Bram Geenen

Gaudi Stool

Bram Geenen has been applying advanced technologies to make everyday products better and more sustainable since 2009. Geenen collaborates with experts in multiple disciplines, including engineers, scientists, and artisans. One result of his work has been the development of lightweight, 3D printed furniture suitable for sustainable mass-production.

Geenen finds that weight is a crucial aspect of sustainability; lightweight products use less energy and resources to produce. His research looks at systems found in nature and in architecture, culminating in a series of designs in which furniture is based on the dynamics of a constructional principle. Geenen’s Gaudi Stool uses Antoni Gaudí’s methodologies and philosophy of making a model of hanging chains and letting gravity determine the most logical shape to bear the compression forces. The materials and techniques for the Gaudi Stool were chosen purely for their constructional qualities; it weighs around 1 kilogram.
year: 2009
Materials: Furniture, 3D Printing