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New Design Technologies

Joris Laarman (Dutch, born 1979), designer; Joris Laarman Lab, Dutch, established 2004, maker; MX3D Dragon Bench (prototype), 2014, stainless steel, purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment and gift of the designer and Friedman Benda, 2014.282.

Designers often look to unconventional materials and new technologies for inspiration, allowing them to push the boundaries of creation. The High’s Decorative Arts and Design collection includes a range of objects that demonstrate these forward-thinking ideas, such as a variety of 3D-printed objects by Iris van Herpen, Joris Laarman Lab, Patrick Jouin, and Front Design; earlier patented innovations by Gebrüder Thonet, John Henry Belter, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and William S. Wooton; and key examples of mid-century American innovation, including plywood objects by Charles and Ray Eames.