“Mawj” is the Arabic word for wave, reflecting the concept behind the design of this commissioned 3D printed chair by MEAN (Middle East Architecture Network). Designed by Riyad Joucka and inspired by the undulating waters of the Arabian Sea on the shores of Dubai, the name couldn’t possibly suit this minimal piece of statement furniture any better.

3D printed chair

Photo: Luis Filipe

Designed for comfort, stability and ergonomics, Mawj investigates the possibilities of 3D printing for bespoke furniture designs. Manufactured by Nagami using a continuous form, the chair is printed on its side using 6mm plastic polymers. On every other layer, the curve inverts to a negative value, generating a weaving pattern that creates larger ripples on the surface. This helps with Mawj’s structural strength, fading towards the edges and intensifying at the top. Lightweight with minimal materials, this might be the future of furniture.

3D printed chair

Photo: Luis Filipe

3D printed chair

Photo: Luis Filipe

3D printed chair

Photo: Luis Filipe

3D printed chair

Photo: Luis Filipe

chair detail

chair detail

chair detail

chair detail

chair detail

chair detail

Riyad Joucka

Riyad Joucka

While Mawj is a custom piece of furniture, you can learn more about MEAN and their other projects at m-e-a-n.design.

Kelly Beall is senior editor and art director at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her four pets. Find her @designcrush on social.

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