Design Antoine Fritsch & Vivien Durisotti
With CORAIL, Roche Bobois created a 3D printed concrete base that can be completely customised. This innovative technique is a first in the world of furniture, and it will undoubtedly change the relationship between consumers and design.
The "genetic code" - the characteristics of the base - is entered into the giant printer, which is a technological marvel. In a continuous bottom-to-top motion, the digitally driven nozzle deposits a concrete snake that hardens as each layer is added.
Another major innovation is the online software that is used customise design. It allows the customer to choose the shape and size, apply braiding effects, and view the object live as it;'s being created. The customer's "code" feeds directly to the 3D printer.
In addition to customisation, this new process has potential ecological advantages. Very soon, we will be able to send digital files to the United States or China and have the base manufactured there by a local printer using the same technology. This would decrease the amount of carbon emissions due to transportation.
Corail was inspired by the beauty of natural imperfection. Its shape evokes the idea of mushrooms growing on trees, coral reefs, or enormous shells. The imagination is able to run wild with this incredible piece.