Bow Chair

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ZHA’S bio­plas­tic perch for Nagami

Fea­tur­ing a slen­der base that opens into a wide, stip­ule-like seat, the Bow chair has a point­edly botan­i­cal qual­ity, although the ma­te­rial from which it’s made – 3Dprinted bio­plas­tic – is de­cid­edly fu­tur­is­tic. De­signed by Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects and pro­duced by Span­ish new­comer Nagami, Bow is the prod­uct of a shared cap­ti­va­tion with ex­plor­ing and ex­ploit­ing the abil­ity of dig­i­tal de­sign and ro­bot­ics to shape spa­ces and prod­ucts. Founded two years ago by Manuel Jimenez Gar­cía, Miki Jimenez Gar­cía and Ig­na­cio Viguera Ochoa, Nagami printed ZHA’S de­sign us­ing a pel­let ex­truder and poly­lac­tic acid plas­tic, a biodegrad­able ma­te­rial that in­cor­po­rates such re­new­able sources as corn starch. De­cep­tively sturdy, the pe­cu­liar perch is dis­tin­guished by translu­cent black stri­a­tions – a dig­i­tized in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a nat­u­ral growth process found in marine ecosys­tems and co­ral reefs. The chair com­prises one fourth of Nagami’s de­but col­lec­tion, un­veiled this spring dur­ing Milan De­sign Week.

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