While I can't seem to discern much about mysterious studio Archgoemeter except that they're based in Chicago, principal / founder / otherwise-related-party Zackery Belanger is willing to share details about their latest project "Ljus," a concept chair.Ljus was designed by applying swarm intelligence to a three-dimensional point cloud of Leah Jung. By giving each point in the cloud autonomy and assessing mathematical relationships to surrounding points, swarm behavior was harnessed, and through a linearly-constrained transformation, a chair based on the human form was defined.
Yet the anthropomorphic aspect is restrained, almost abstracted: there's a vaguely bridge-like quality to the frontal view, despite the subtle yet sensuous curve of the seat itself, which is most clearly visible in its silhouette.
Meanwhile, the taut black latex straps that form the seat itself underscore the sexual connotations of "Ljus," as does the chair's semblance to a platform heel (not least for its espadrille-like construction). The result is a visually compelling article of furniture that belies its conceptual basis even as "Ljus" raises questions about the design choices from materials to final form.
This experimental process is not arbitrary: the spatial relationships between points represent the complex and beautiful geometry of the individual, and under careful transformation some of these relationships are maintained. The shape of the seat and back, and the curved surfaces of the sides are a direct response to the properties of the human body.
Though the technique has tremendous potential for mass customization, the Ljus project sought one form for use by anyone. It was fabricated and finished by hand, with each of its 1804 blocks individually laid, like bricks, using a ruler and a reference plane.
Still, I'm not convinced that the materials and construction technique would be appropriate for a less voluptuous model, such that "mass customization" might require more work than a 3D scan. (On the other hand, the current incarnation of "Ljus" is certainly a big improvement from this.)
Belanger elaborates (via model Leah Jung's blog):The straight line is a beautiful curve, the sharp edge is rounded when considered from the right scale, and ornament is a continuous part of the surface upon which it is applied. If we embrace mathematics and choose processes and materials to suit the challenges we face, then great designs will emerge from the infinite.
As for the meaning of its name: "Ljus: Swedish; of light or color; bright"