Mawj - 3D Printed Chair

موج — Mawj is a 3D Printed Armchair commissioned by a private client and designed by MEAN (Middle East Architecture Network).

‘موج — Mawj’ The Arabic word for ‘Wave, undulate, crisp or ripple’ is a name that reflects the concept behind the design. The undulating patterns of the Aquamarine green surface is reminiscent of the waters of the Arabian Sea, at the shores of Dubai, the city where the chair was conceived.

The chair investigates the possibilities of robotic 3D printing for designing and producing bespoke furniture. Manufactured by Nagami, the design takes shape based on a continuous form, printed on its side with a thickness of just 6 mm, using advanced plastic polymers.

The chair’s dimensions borrow from the proportions of the Eames Lounge Armchair, one of the most iconic modern chairs. Designed as a standalone interior design object, the chair is a statement as well as a distinctive piece of furniture. A sequence of design iterations form the shape of the chair using algorithmic design processes.

Designed for comfort, structural stability, and ergonomics, the chair is a prototype for using advanced methods of furniture design and manufacturing.

A series of lines moving in space form the layers for 3D printing in one single layer, the lines progressively form Sine curves as they wrap around the form. On every other layer, the curve inverts to a negative value, generating a weaving pattern that makes larger rippling undulations on the surface.

The pattern aids in the structural stiffness, as well as creating a unique aesthetic feature, which naturally emerges as the result of the parametric modeling of the chair. Following a series of prototypes, careful attention to small details in the making of the chair develops the outcome.

The pattern fades out towards the edges and intensifies at the top, avoiding areas where the back would rest. The pattern continuously wraps around the billowing surface, doubly curved for structural stability.

موج — Mawj is a venture towards a future where minimal material is required to carefully design and shape objects into practical, lightweight, and comfortable pieces of furniture, that enrich our lives.

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  1. Type
    Product Design
  2. Designer
    Riyad Joucka
  3. Fabrication
  4. Size
    646W x 897D x 969H
  5. Location
    Dubai, UAE
  6. Status
  7. Photos
    Luis Filipe
  8. Date


Design Drawings Showing 'Mawj Chair' in Top, Front, Back, and Side Views.

Diagrams Showing 'Mawj Chair' Design Evolution.

Diagram Showing 'Mawj Chair' Color Scheme.

Simulation Showing 'Mawj Chair' Color Schemes.

Photos Showing 'Mawj Chair' Color Options 3D Printed Prototype at Scale 1:5.


Photos Courtesy of Nagami Showing the Printing Process of the 'Mawj Chair'.

Video Courtesy of Nagami Documenting the Printing Process of the 'Mawj Chair'.


Photos Showing 'Mawj Chair' Printed in Black Recycled PETG Polymer - ©Luis Felipe.

Photos Showing 'Mawj Chair' Printed in Transparent Recycled PETG Polymer printed for Jimmy Choo - ©Luis Felipe.

Photos Showing 'Mawj Chair' Printed in Gradient Color (Aquamarine to Grey) Recycled PETG Polymer - ©Luis Felipe.

Photos Showing 'Mawj Chair' Printed in Aquamarine Recycled PETG Polymer - ©Luis Felipe.