Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age will present work spanning the career of innovative Dutch designer Joris Laarman. Laarman and his Lab are design pioneers and idea detonators whose intellectual and thoughtful approach to design is marked by combining science, technology, restless curiosity, and creativity with lyrical aesthetics. Laarman’s experimental methods of fabrication continually propel him to explore new processes for creating and have made him one of today’s most compelling designers.
Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, this exhibition will feature furniture designs, applied projects and experiments from every phase of Laarman’s career, which will be presented alongside related videos, sketches and renderings that illustrate the Joris Laarman Lab’s creative and production processes. Founded in 2004, the Lab is a multidisciplinary hub of scientists, engineers, programmers and craftspeople who explore the possibilities of design through research, experimentation and groundbreaking technology.
The exhibition will feature numerous designs from the High’s collection, which boasts the largest public holdings of the Dutch artist’s work outside of his home country.
“Combining reason with emotion, that’s the most difficult thing to do—in design and in everything.” —Joris Laarman
The Joris Laarman Lab
Robots printing a bridge; furniture emulating the structure of bones; Rococo voxel tables; an array of inventive, digitally fabricated chairs. Dutch designer, inventor, and artist Joris Laarman (born 1979) is one of the most prominent designers of his generation. He graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Holland, in 2003 and founded the Joris Laarman Lab in 2004—first in Rotterdam and later in Amsterdam—with his partner, filmmaker Anita Star.
Laarman and his team focus on research and experimentation. They are pioneers in a field where design, technology, science, and art meet. The Lab is where they test new technologies and production methods. Here, the collaboration between the worlds of high tech and craftsmanship is of fundamental importance.
Laarman’s methods push the boundaries of the disciplines he is exploring and developing. A prolific producer of more than just ideas, Laarman often includes references to historical art periods, such as Baroque or Art Nouveau, which can be seen through his recurring use of ornament—a signifier of the importance of form and aesthetics with function. Laarman emphasizes these connections to the past in conjunction with his futuristic production methods. His pieces symbolize the ongoing power struggle between tradition and innovation as well as between technology and craftsmanship—current topics in the design world.