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Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age June 24–September 16, 2018


Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age - Makerchairs

Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age, on view June 24–September 16, 2018. 

Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age, on view June 24–September 16, 2018. 

Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age, on view June 24–September 16, 2018. 

Joris Laarman, produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Dragon Bench, designed 2014, made 2015, stainless steel, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman, produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Makerchair (Polygon), 2014, oak, courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab. © Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman, produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Gradient Screen, 2017, stainless steel, courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab. © Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman, produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Bone Rocker, from the collection Bone Furniture, 2008, black marble and resin, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Mary Kathryn Lynch Kurtz Charitable Lead Trust. © Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman, produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Branch Bookshelf, 2010, bronze, the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. © Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman, produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Aluminum Gradient Chair, from the series Microstructures, 2014, laser-sintered aluminum, Barry Friedman, New York. © Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman and Anita Star, founders of Joris Laarman Lab in Amsterdam, in the galleries of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age at the MFAH.

Información en español sobre la exposición

From furniture generated by algorithms to designs brought to life by a robot, the work of experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman challenges the boundaries of art, science, and technology. Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is the first U.S. museum survey to offer an in-depth look at the designer’s innovative oeuvre.

Showcasing furniture, design experiments, suites of drawings, and videos, the exhibition features a number of works from the MFAH collection. Joris Laarman Lab explores the highly progressive qualities of Laarman’s work, both aesthetically and technologically. Along with his advanced production processes, which often involve digital fabrication methods and robotics, Laarman (born 1979) remains inspired by nature, giving equal attention to organic form and beauty.

In 2004, Laarman and his partner, filmmaker Anita Star, founded the Joris Laarman Lab in Amsterdam. There—together with engineers, programmers, and craftspeople—Laarman creates groundbreaking projects that reimagine traditional forms, many of which are one-of-a-kind and some of which are created only in very limited production. Joris Laarman Lab presents furniture designs and applied projects made throughout Laarman’s career alongside related videos, sketches, and renderings. The exhibition highlights Laarman’s major bodies of work, from projects he created as a student to his most-recent 3-D printing innovations. Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is curated by Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp of the Groninger Museum.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age | June 24–September 16, 2018

Publication
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

Related Exhibition
Contemporary Dutch Design: Selections from the Museum’s Collection, on view in the Law Building.


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by:
Luther King Capital Management
Creative Industries Fund NL
The Omena Fund
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Kim and Al Eiber
Anne Lamkin Kinder
Sara and Bill Morgan
Judy and Scott Nyquist
Cyvia G. Wolff

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Dutch Culture USA

Location

Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
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