philipp aduatz + incremental3d showcase experimental objects at milan design week 2018

for the milan design week 2018, philipp aduatz and incremental3d decided to team up for a collaborative exhibition. the basic concept of the expo is to show innovative and experimental applications of construction materials in product design. there will be experimentally unique pieces like the ‘gradient tiles chair’ or the ‘cloud chair’ by philipp aduatz on display as well as other projects designed and produced by incremental3d.


the ‘digital chaiselongue’ is made up of carbon fiber reinforced, 3D printed concrete

the main object of the exhibition will be a 3D printed concrete chaise designed by vienna based designer philipp aduatz and developed in collaboration with austrian based concrete printing startup incremental3d. the concept is to use the new technology developed by incremental3d for a complex freeform design by philipp aduatz and show the new possibilities of creating complex shapes in an application for furniture design. it is further the aim to show the synergy of the experimental and scientific approach on design by aduatz with a company that has developed a new technology and looking for applications.


it is designed by philipp aduatz and produced by incremental3d

the sculptural design language of the collaboration’s ‘digital chaiselongue’ project is realized by the use of an innovative digital fabrication technology that allows to 3D print very detailed concrete geometries in a very fast time. for its production, a negative mold was first 3D printed from concrete. afterwards, the complete geometry was printed in less than one hour onto the cast. to provide sufficient tensile strength, carbon fibers are inserted in sensitive areas. the seating area was finished using a UV-resistant polyurethane coating in delicate handcraft. this should demonstrate that craft and digital technologies can coexist for the purpose of innovation in the 21st century in harmony.


the concept is to show experimental applications of construction materials in product design

the ‘gradient tiles chair’ is an experimental chair designed and produced by philipp aduatz by using solely construction materials. the idea started after aduatz completed the refurbishment of his studio when he had numerous building materials left which remained unused. because he did not want to discard them he decided to create an experimental chair with them. the base frame is made from wood which was covered with a brick fabric and afterwards completely covered by plaster. because the surface still had a tendency to crack it was reinforced with a glass fiber fabric. the finish is made by the application of 10.000 tiles, each placed by hand in a gradient pattern. it was both a challenging and new experience for philipp aduatz to use materials which are designed for an application in a large scale for an object in a smaller scale with a different requirement in precision.


it 3D-prints very detailed concrete geometries in a very fast time

the idea of the viennese designer’s ‘cloud chair’ is to use the natural expansion of a polyurethane foam used in construction for insulation. the concept is to create a cloud or steam like geometry by the foam process directly applied out of the can. therefore, the chair has no inner support structure to allow the foam process the maximum freedom of natural arrangement. to make the chair usable and to provide a carrying construction, philipp aduatz experimented with different resins and fillers. finally, adding glass fibers made the hull structure of the chair sustainable for load carrying without giving up the natural shape of the foam. the chair was finished with lacquer in a gradient brightness.


the sculptural design language is realized by the use of an innovative digital fabrication technology


the ‘gradient tiles chair’ is made up of wood, plastering, metal, brick and 10.000 stoneware glazed tiles


this object is designed and produced by philipp aduatz


‘cloud chair’ is made up of wood, wire, polyurethane foam, epoxy and polyurethane resin, glass fiber and lacquer


this is another design planned and produced by philipp aduatz


a vase designed and produced by incremental3d


the concrete printing process by incremental3d


incremental3d’s concrete printer and vessels

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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

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