The first U.S. major exhibition of the Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team, known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies.  Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Joris Laarman Lab is abolishing traditional distinctions between the natural and machine made, the decorative and functional to produce design of flawless beauty and technical ingenuity.

The exhibition explores Laarman’s conceptual thinking, as well as his embrace of experimentation to fuel the creative process. Organized around each significant step forward in the Lab’s research and development, the exhibition presents the full range of Joris Laarman Lab’s empirical investigations of digital design; from the iconic Bone Chair generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth to a pedestrian bridge built in midair using advanced robotic 3D printing. Twenty-one process videos document the Lab’s collaborative environment and high-tech tools— providing fascinating demonstrations of digital technology in action, as well as the skilled craftsmanship that is equally important to each object’s evolution. Pushing design beyond its current dictates, the Lab’s scientific and technological breakthroughs are advancing how we will design, manufacture, and distribute the objects of tomorrow—and  point to a future where form and fabrication will surpass the limitations of industrial production.




Tea & Talk: Joris Laarman

Thursday, October 26, 2017
3:00–4:30 p.m.
General Admission: $35
Members, Educators, Students & Seniors: $25
A tea and a guided tour led by the exhibition’s curator, Andrea Lipps, who will discuss key themes and exciting new developments in digital technology and furniture design. Reserve your place.

How does 3d-printing work?

Monday, November 6, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m.
General Admission: $30
Members, Educators, Students & Seniors: $20
Curator Andrea Lipps and Shapeway’s Director of Education + Designer Evangelist Lauren Slowik will lead this hands-on adult workshop inspired by the exhibition. Participants will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition, enjoy an in-depth overview of 3D-printing methods, and experiment with Laarman’s design process by creating a brooch from small metal cubes that represent volumetric pixels. Reserve your place.

exhibition catalog

Cover of exhibition catalog for Joris Laarman Lab

An upfront and personal introduction to a vanguard of design innovation, with a back cover featuring a custom-created stereogram image of a Joris Laarman Lab design. Available from SHOP Cooper Hewitt.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. It is curated by Mark Wilson, Chief Curator and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, at the Groninger Museum and Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is made possible by the generous support of Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Support is also provided by the Ehrenkranz Fund, the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Iwata Family Foundation,Tory Burch, Kim and Al Eiber, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

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