Furniture from HagenHinderdael features the latest in 3D printing technology


HagenHinderael will showcase three products at the Art in the Reading Zone event to showcase the latest in 3D printing technology and highlight the sustainability achievements of using this technology.

March 5 – June 25, 2022 – At the Kunst in der Lesezone (Art in the Reading Zone) fair for innovative sustainable product design at the Vorarlberger Architektur Institute in Austria, London-based design studio HagenHinderdael (HH) showcases designs cutting-edge products.

In line with the event, which unfolds as a series of cultural productions at the intersection of architecture, art and design, the products exhibited by HH highlight the use of 3D printing technology to create a complex three-dimensional design in physical reality, pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing and sustainable design.

Founded by Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael in 2020, the duo didn’t expect their products to be made entirely from 3D printing technologies, but when COVID hit, they focused their attention on finding materials and it opened their eyes to the many possibilities. The focus of their HagenHinderdael brand is designing products made from recycled materials, and the world of 3D printing has a lot to offer. Still, they plan to combine the two – 3D printing and traditional methods – for future designs.

Outline for the performance Kunst in der Lesezone (Art in the Reading Zone). Courtesy of HH.
Impression of the Contour bench. Courtesy of HH.

“We’ve always been open to technology, but we didn’t expect to go 100% in that direction,” Lisa Hinderdael said in a phone interview with ArchiExpo e-Magazine. “To some extent, COVID is the reason why we chose to use 3D printing technologies instead of traditional manufacturing. We first looked at glass blowing and metallurgy but with COVID , we couldn’t pass the glass between people, we didn’t want to take a break, so we looked for other materials and fabrications to continue to offer our designs.

“We were so fresh during COVID, launching our business during lockdown, that we had time to build our narrative, develop the products, and build our portfolio and range. As we were new, we could be flexible about the direction we wanted to go,” added Sofia Hagen.

In less than two years, the company can boast of numerous collaborations. Depending on the project, the duo designs for the market or works on specific pieces for installations that can remain in place or later be brought to market. One of their products for Dubai Design Week, which took place last November, which they made in partnership with Concreative is now used as outdoor furniture and is on display at the Minotti showroom in London.

“They’re classic but very open-minded,” said Sofia Hagen. “They invited us to give a conference on innovative technologies and sustainable materials. Since then we have our products in the showroom.

They begin their product designs by researching materials, then identify 3D printing companies that have appropriate printers for the material they have chosen to use and the product size they have planned. They are constantly researching who is working with what materials, Lisa Hinderdael mentioned, and how they can reduce the carbon footprint of their products. When they present their discoveries to their client or collaborator, the challenge of creating begins. Every once in a while, they might skip over a material that isn’t quite ready for the market.

“We knew a new hemp material from Reflow was coming, so when we showed it to a customer, he said he wanted the product we’re designing for him to be made from this material, but the material only comes out in the spring, so their product will be one of the first made from it,” said Sofia Hagen.

Outline for the performance Kunst in der Lesezone (Art in the Reading Zone). Courtesy of HH.

The exhibition in Austria will include the launch of HH’s latest product, Contour, made in collaboration with local 3D printing specialist Concrete3D, alongside Twine, which launched at Rossana Orlandi Milan ’21, and the lamp 3D printed sawdust cocoon. These pieces show how 3D printing technologies can establish an effective methodology for the afterlife of discarded materials, using fully recycled and traceable input, making 3D printing sustainable.

“Even for printers, we pushed the boundaries,” said Sofia Hagen. “Twine, for example, is double-curved. We don’t usually print that way. As the shapes are very complex, the company had to decode its software and find a way to regenerate its toolpath, which was a challenge; they only take on projects that challenge them. In addition, Contour can support a lot of weight for a small bench thanks to its printing. It can support 650 kg because of its shape.

Contour, a functional bench for indoors and outdoors, is made from 3D printed concrete and designed to reference the mountainous landscape of the Voralberg. Organic curvatures are printed layer by layer to reveal the topographic layers of mountain landscapes coupled together to form the seat. The bench is available in two sizes – S and L – which can be nested inside each other; leaving a negative space between the two to reinforce the playfulness of the benches. Graphic print coloring uses a unique algorithm to print different shades of gray. Concrete3D prints the benches with advanced robotic technology that requires no formwork. This solution offers unlimited geometric choices and the ability to create custom curvature while saving resources. In the design process, the concrete mix is ​​optimized to create material thickness, then tried and tested to ensure structural stability with as little material use as possible.

Ficelle for the exhibition Kunst in der Lesezone (Art in the Reading Zone). Courtesy of HH.
String printing. Courtesy of HH.

String is a series of modular urban public seating elements 3D printed entirely in recycled r-PETG from medical tray waste, designed for the third edition of the Rossana Orlandi Guiltless Plastic campaign. The production of Twine stems from a collaboration between designers HagenHinderdael, leading sustainable materials supplier Reflow, and award-winning artificial intelligence and robotic 3D printing developers Ai Build.

The material itself was extruded by Reflow, a sustainable materials development team that works in conjunction with major EU recyclers to extensively test and match discarded material flows to design applications specific, from prototyping to architecture, including automotive or product design. In the process, Reflow melts and pulls the shredded rPETG plastic pellets through a number of specific heating zones until the waste from the medical tray can be spooled into filament for high performance large format 3D printing. The filament is heat resistant, weather resistant and durable for indoor and outdoor furniture use.

Ai Build robotic systems use AiSync software to create conforming toolpaths to be printed on a custom mold. As the filament passes through the robotic system, the string is created. The system can carry up to four different filament streams, allowing for gradient transparencies in elements and releasing a rich spectrum of colors from recycled materials.

Cocoon. Image by @andersgramer.

Cocoon is a 3d printed decorative pendant celebrating craftsmanship and pushing the boundaries of new and sustainable technologies by transforming waste wood into organic, technologically advanced light.

The result of a collaboration between designers HagenHinderdael and 3D printing technologists ForustTM, Cocoon is a decorative pendant lamp celebrating an innovative way to reduce wood waste by rethinking deforestation and the production process. From shape to materiality and manufacturing, we have sought to develop a product that is not only environmentally friendly but fully degradable.

Cocoon’s shell is made of 3D printed sawdust and was developed in conjunction with ForustTM, a new 3D printing process from Desktop Metal that sustainably produces functional end-use wood parts through advanced manufacturing. at high speed, using non-destructive methods for the ecology of our planet. It comes in two typologies each with its own unique shape. Using revolutionary 3D printing technology, layers of powdered wood are bound together with lignin in a 250mm (w) x 460mm (h) cocoon. Once off the printer, each piece is carefully hand-tinted and finished. In this process, it is also possible to finish Cocoon in a wide variety of wood species, including natural wood, oak, teak and walnut.

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