Digital Matter table__High Commissions Two Iconic Designers for Exhibition
Joris Laarmans Lets His Skeletal Chairs Do Their Own Thing__Days before his first U.S. show opened, Laarman’s pieces were already spoken for, at prices Benda refused to divulge. “He’s been blowing away anybody who’s walked through these doors,” says Benda. “He’s 30 years old and able to compete with the best.”
Heat Wave electric radiator__Red Dot Design Award winner (2006)
Design of the Digital Age__While Laarman admits a certain cultural anxiety exists over digital fabrication, similar to that felt at the onset of the industrial revolution, we should not fear some “super machine” that will render designers obsolete. “I was educated as a designer and craftsman,” he says. “I work a lot with digital fabrication tools, but I work even more with my hands.” Computers, he says, for all their power, are just another tool. “Machines are never perfect, they can hardly do what you think they can do,” he says. Digital tools are, he says, never as “digital as you want them to be.”
WSJ Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year Awards” gives this year’s design prize to Joris Laarman.