Free Applications is a 3D-printed chair based on a rough model of a chair in 1:10 scale. Free, easy-to-use programmes were used for its design and modelling, allowing mistakes generated by the misinterpretations of AI technology at different stages of production.
The search for a quick and flexible process in turn led toward a new kind of aesthetic – or new beauty standard. The time required to manufacture a chair was reduced, and the errors that occurred during production were turned into advantages that determined its final appearance.
The first version of the chair is produced in collaboration with Brightplus, a Finnish manufacturer of renewable materials. The bioplastic filaments, used in 3D printing, are chemically modified and cross-linked polyester materials. The materials are composed of natural renewable monomers and polymers, residues from local industry, and natural dyes. The black material’s colour comes from recycled minerals and forest industry residues. The translucent amber material’s colour is from willow bark, and the translucent blue is produced from the woad plant. The cream-coloured material is entirely obtained from bacteria-fermented, inedible leftovers of food protein production.
Small pieces, size wise easily adapted to a home 3D-printer, were printed and then assembled like puzzle into the final chair.
The Free Applications chair has been produced for and is now shown at the retrospective exhibition Strategies for Moving Freely at Helsinki Design Museum 8/9 – 31/12 2023.