There are people hard at work trying to find better production methods for upholstered furniture. One of them is Dutch designer Lillian van Daal, who says her method of 3D-printing has advantages over traditional upholstery techniques.
 
"You need five or six different factories [to produce conventional upholstered furniture]. But with 3D printing you can produce very locally and you don't have material waste in the production process; you only use the material you need."
 
"Soft seating usually consists of several different materials [and] it's all glued together, which is a problem for the recyclability of a product," van Daal says in the video above from Dezeen.
 
At Dutch Design Week, van Daal showcased a 3D-printed chair called Biomimicry, which features a flexible seat and strong base - while being made purely of plastic. The Dutch designer achieved this by imitating plant cell structures.
 
"In nature a material grows in different structures and this is how functions are created," she explains. "3D printing is also a way to 'grow' material, so I've used this solution to create a new way of soft seating with several different functions in one material."

 

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