Dirk Vander Kooij
Endless Chair, 2010
Recycled plastics, H 79 x W 40 x D 62 cm
Photo/© Studio Dirk Vander Kooij
Fridges and washing machines use lots of plastic, in the shelves, the vegetable trays, the egg trays, and in their interior and exterior cladding. Masses of raw material. Melted and extracted as pressed plastic through a jet nozzle, the material is then shaped by a robot into chairs, vases, and many other things, as programmed.
Dirk Vander Kooij is one of the most influential Dutch designers of recent years. In 2009 he graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy, The Netherlands, having designed a robot arm that extrudes large objects like furniture from recycled material, a worldwide first. Ever since the introduction of this new technology, Studio Dirk Vander Kooij has been creating products with a strong visual impact. In the design of chairs, tables, vases and light fixtures he combines tradition and technology, craft and digital robot techniques. Every piece is an industrially produced "one-of-a-kind".