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 Cycle of Evolution

We seek to explore the evolutionary cycle between creativity and technology. The rapid development of technology brings new ideas and art that could not have existed before its inception. In turn, these new creative possibilities shape the development of technology. The evolutionary relationship between technology and creativity is a cycle that will continue as long as we explore our imagination.

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 BUILDER was born to create furniture that capitalizes on the unique capabilities of this technology.


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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