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enneper’s chair

Inspired by the concept “Enneper surface”, named after mathematician Alfred Enneper. This is a new type of chair that transcends traditional furniture-making which remains typically a constructive, rather than a digitally produced affair. The “Enneper surface” is a geometrical form that can be described in precise mathematical terms to produce a minimal self-intersecting surface. A kind of ‘structural ornamentation’ is created along its curved surfaces when a simulation of forces are applied to the seat. The final prototype was executed in concrete after a series of tests were printed to produce scaled models in various resin-type materials. Testing was conducted in Autodesk’s Digital Fabrication Lab in Toronto under their residency program.

The design of the ornamentation was produced by custom computational software tools, and with specific application of generative design techniques within Fusion 360 – an Autodesk software developed to fuse designing and making. While this ornamentation adds a slight amount of strength to the chair, it is primarily used as a way to celebrate the aesthetics of physics as it highlights where structure flows along its curved surfaces.

Design, research, and prototyping with Autodesk and LuxMea, including Ryan Cook, Steven Avis, Vahid Esraghi. Debuted at the China International Furniture Fair in Shanghai. 2019.

Autodesk Toronto Technology Center: Mathew Spremulli, Chris Chekan, Ellen Hlozan, Tyson Fogel, Brian Jeong. Autodesk Boston Technology Center: Adam Day, Athena Moore, Haley Cormier, Stephanie Pender, Taylor Tobin. LuxMea: Jean Yang, Edward Broeders, Ryan Cook, Steven Avis, Vahid Esraghi, Xiao Su.