A precisely designed, incredibly chic chair sits there in the corner, a masterpiece of design. Its curves and contours are a microcosm of purest beauty, yet this chair has not been designed by hand. Yet this chair was first conceived on a laptop and meticulously printed by a 3D printer.
As the 3D printing industry has progressed, so too has its ability to produce some of the most sublime and utterly mesmerising designs, from shoes to furniture.
Although 3D printers have begun appearing across a variety of industries, the world of home decor has only recently started to embrace this wondrous technology, as Jessica Van Zeijderveld writes in Sculpteo:
“The home decor market and the home furnishing industry in general have made great use of 3D printing in the past and in the present. A fairly ‘’new’’ concept (due to it becoming more efficient, accessible, and even commonplace the past few years), the 3D printing industry could offer some great advantages for home decoration and furniture. Home decor goes hand in hand with design. No customer is the same when it comes to a prefered style or design which results in a billion different outcomes and possibilities for custom furniture.”
A Defining Moment
One of the main advantages of 3D printing furniture, aside from the ability to produce various items rapidly, is that it is cost-effective. Durable, stylish furniture could become available to those who lack the funds to buy furniture outright. This might apply to international as well as domestic consumers. For instance, a UK charity would be able to provide building materials and furniture to a family in need abroad with a mouse click - all the recipient would need is a 3D printer and someone to operate it.
Manufacturers of all stripes have begun to use 3D printing, some with enthusiasm and some a little more cautiously. However, the home decor industry’s apparent reluctance had surprised observers. It is only in 2018 that 3D printing has been incorporated in the manufacture of goods.
The abundance of artistic prowess visible in each and every piece of 3D printed furniture shows that the home decor industry can still delight and surprise. From the ultra modern to the distinctly classic, each designer has paid great attention to rendering designs that show how 3D printed furniture really is the way of the future.
Recent developments in the home decor industry with regards to 3D printing have been extremely positive. Furniture producing giants like IKEA and customers alike show no sign that their love affair with 3D printed furniture will fade away any time soon.