“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.
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. Despite the fact that there are already other 3D printed furniture items like 3D printed conference table or 3D printed pendant lamps.