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Scoria Stools

SCORIA STOOLS

A collection of original, one-off designs exploring the future of furniture. Each stool is 3D printed with complex shapes and curves that otherwise would not have been possible without this technology.

The Idea

As a group of hungry industrial designers, we set out to discover what our "environments of the future" would look like, with a keen interest in exploring futuristic furniture. At that time, the build size of 3D printers was limited. Our first furniture concept started with 3D printed modular connectors that joined plywood in a honeycomb shape. This shelving system, known as the HONEYCUBBY, was designed to be customized to individuals and their ever changing environments.

What if we could expand the technology and invent new tools to realize the designs of our imagination? We spent the next couple of years designing a large scale 3D printer, one that could realize huge, complex designs and print entire furniture in one go. The Budmen PROGRESS™ was born to create furniture that capitalizes on the unique capabilities of this technology.

Light plays with sharp lines and recesses of the Kaleidoscopic Stool

Immediately after 3D printing stools are inspected for consistency and quality before being prepped for hand finishing.

The Helix Stool is defined by it's computational swirling structure.

Size: 20in x 20in x 22in

The hand crafted surface finish of the SCORIA stools is inspired by volcanic rock

The Kaleidoscopic Stool is defined by it's interwoven and geometric form.

Size: 20in x 20in x 22in

Detail of Kaleidoscopic Stool

The Parabolic Stool is defined by it's smooth mathematic undulating curves.

Size: 20in x 20in x 22in

Detail of Parabolic Stool

Three SCORIA STOOLS showing off the variety and complexity of the different forms

The Interwoven Stool is defined by the interlocking sharp lines

Detail of the Interwoven Stool

Size: 36in x 14in x 14in

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Process

The swirling and geometric shapes of the Scoria Stools were inspired by moments in our lives: the undulating peaks and valleys of the water surface, the spiraling structure of our DNA, and enigmatic toys of our childhood.

Using cutting edge software, the design is created then 3D printed, with each form taking between 20-40 hours to meticulously print. The stools are printed completely hollow and left open on the bottom. In 3D printing terminology, they are printed with only 3 perimeter walls of material and nothing else. This saves on material, print time and finished product weight. After fabrication, we apply the distinct black texture inside and out that give the stools their signature style. This material is a structural resin that adds serious strength, creating a very durable design.

Below: Early concept sketches of SCORIA STOOLS
  The Scoria Stool collection gets it's name from the rock type. Scoria is a highly vesicular, dark colored volcanic rock that may or may not contain crystals. It is typically dark in color, and basaltic or andesitic in composition. Wikipedia

The SCORIA COLLECTION is a product of the evolutionary relationship between technology and creativity. These sculptural stools just scratch the surface of the incredible creative potential of large scale 3D printing technology. As we continue to explore our imagination, the creative and technological possibilities are endless.

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