Current Articles | Archives | Search

MILAN - DIRK VAN DER KOOIJ published a great article about Dirk van der Kooij and his project: Endless. Is a robot that combines the flexibility of traditional workmanshi with the speed of industrial production. Normally speaking, rapid prototyping is unsuitable for large-scale production: constructing 3D-models in extremely high resolutions is too time-consuming and costly. But Fanuc has a much lower resolution, which allows him to produce robust models at a steady pace. The coarse structure reveals how the product has been constructed layer by layer.

Read the whole article and see a video of Endless here


One plastic string, made out of old refrigerators, crafted by a robot, into a chair.
When the first plastic chairs were made, they began with fairly simple tools and moulds to form the plastic. The simple tools were easy to adjust and this gave the designer the chance to evaluate the final product and adjust the tools almost endlessly.
As labour grew more and more expensive, it was filtered out of the process with automated and complicated tools.
These automated processes have been very inflexible until now. High investments in complicated moulds made it almost impossible for a designer to evaluate and refine his final object. The designer is no longer involved in the production process and the design stage is completely shifted to a pre production phase.
As Dirk van der Kooij considered this a lost chance he made a pact with the devil, because he found a solution, not in labour but in computerization.
By combining different techniques, he was able to design an automated but very flexible process. He taught a robot his new craft, drawing furniture out of one endlessly long plastic string.
This opened the possibility for Dirk van der Kooij to design in the good old-fashioned way, making a chair, evaluating, refining, making a chair, evaluating, refining and making a chair. Or developing an infinitely large collection of variations. Endless.

Published: 20-Apr-2011 11:47


Milan 2011
  • Alumni in Milan: Dirk van der Kooij


  • Alumni in Milan: Dirk van der Kooij

    Dirk van der Kooij

DAEnews tweets

TweetId: 867050031500726272 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Nice first day of discussions, ideas, hopes, problems & dreams at #wdcd2017 Great reminder about the power of design to pave the way forward 23-05-17 16:10
TweetId: 867045730460061696 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews The tools of Ikea’s “democratic design” - form, function, quality, sustainable & affordable.“There are no secrets, just hard work." (Engman) 23-05-17 15:53
TweetId: 867044534626254848 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Ikea's Marcus Engman on democratic design: "We need a common language because with the the same tools & words we can understand each other.” 23-05-17 15:48
TweetId: 867026174245040128 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Harry Pearce @witnessorg says design is about doing good. Asked if he is a creative or an activist, he says a creative activist. #wdcd2017 23-05-17 14:35
TweetId: 866995903403622402 DesignAcademyE'hoven retweeted WhatDesignCanDo WhatDesignCanDo WhatDesignCanDo How can we waterproof our futures? Big questions at Session 10 w/ @tracymetznrc, @Hemelswaterbier and Danielle Aret… 23-05-17 12:35
TweetId: 866972263928791041 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Bruce Mau @ #wdcd2017 defines design as the making of a vision & systematically working towards it. The process re… 23-05-17 11:01
TweetId: 866970273446334465 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Nice comments @ #wdcd2017 about magazines being more transparent re how much money they get from environmentally questionable advertising. 23-05-17 10:53
TweetId: 866965545039605760 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Erik de Jong takes an inspiring position @ #wdcd2017 on the importance of listening to other cultures & traditions about climate change. 23-05-17 10:34
TweetId: 866963225631502337 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Naresh Ramscandani @ #wdcd2017 talks matching voice to audience. Eg: The “How much Charlie?” campaign reveals the carbon costs of cocaine. 23-05-17 10:25
TweetId: 866960673946959872 DesignAcademyE'hoven DAEnews DAEnews Dutch journo Sanne Bloemink #wdcd2017 says media needs personal narratives that don't make us feel guilty to communicate climate dilemmas. 23-05-17 10:15