For the past few decades, the intersection of biology and technology has expanded the possibilities of rehabilitative medicine (robotic limbs), engendered debate amongst bio-ethicists (GMO food) and captured the imagination of filmmakers (Terminator, anyone?).
And now, it’s coming to your lounge. Not via the next James Cameron blockbuster, but through the fertile imaginations of designers James McNab, Daniel Kamp and Sam Griffin – better known (to those in the know) as Think & Shift.
In addition to their T&S commercial design projects, the three guys also run Y.S Collective – an experimental furniture and lighting design studio based in Auckland. And now, they’re collaborating with Tauranga-based Rapid Advanced Manufacturing (RAM) to create the Unknown series of furniture and lighting.
RAM provides the uber-cool technology part with their additive manufacturing - in other words, making joinery hardware with what’s commonly called “3D Printing”. Merge those titanium bits with natural elements like hand-carved jade and native New Zealand timbers, in designs that celebrate both the organic and the mechanical, and the result is truly the best of both worlds.