Computer modeling opens a new path. In 1998 Opel creates a software based on the algorithms of nature to lighten the mount of the engine in its cars. Impressed by Opel's results, Joris Laarman operates similar softwares in furniture. In 2003 he realizes a radiator whose shape is based on the optimization of thermal conduction.
To design his chair on the principle of bone growth, he defines the position of backrest and seat and the points of contact to the ground, and then let the computer calculate the details of the structure. The aluminum construction of these complex shapes is solved for small series by one-piece casting in a technique of lost ceramics. Industrialization is still today a challenge that deserves to be studied : Laarman's computer-assisted chairs have a robustness far superior to classical furniture.
After his chair, Laarman creates an armchair and a rocking chair based on the same principle of nature, a bookcase inspired by the branches, a table using the classic calculations of bridge pillars and many other pieces of furniture.
The aluminum Bone Chair is edited in 12 units in 2006. It immediately becomes an icon of contemporary furniture. Four of them are kept in museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the MoMA.
The serial number 4/12 was sold for £ 345K including premium by Phillips on April 27, 2016. The 8/12 is estimated £ 400K for sale by Christie's in London on March 6, lot 115.
SOLD for £ 710K including premium