3D Interior, Tokyo

Designed by: DUS architects
For client: Loft (Japanese everyday commodities specialty store) Floor area: 40.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
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Public Score
6.02 Function
6.17 Innovation
6.06 Creativity
Dus Juice Kiosk 02 Dus Low Res
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The 3D printed surfaces of the juice bar play with the maximum 'overhang' of the printmaterial, allowing to create semi-open panels that reveal patterns in light and shade.

About the Project

Client Loft and interior designer Jo Nagazaka asked DUS to explore the novel technique of 3D printing and create 5 bespoke 3D printed ‘settings’ in Loft’s Flagship store in Ginza. DUS was driven by the aim to discover the craft of 3D printing beyond its familiar aesthetic. Therefore for each setting DUS used another approach of the printing technique, being inspired by traditional Japanese folding and weaving techniques and studying pattern design. One challenge was to create a certain level of transparency with the normally ‘closed’ FDM technique. This was achieved in printing semi-open screens that open and close, revealing circular patterns (juice bar). For the beauty counter, combining printed patterns with traditional marble terrazzo created a level of luxury and comfortable touch points. For the reading table, the structural printed ‘folds’ of the reading both provide its construction, but also generate a display landscape to host brochures. In each setting DUS focused on crafting novel printed details that invite customers to touch the items and get inspired by the way they are made.

What’s unique about it

This project shows that design can be a driver to explore and introduce new techniques and materials. The project is not dogmatic about 3D printing, but investigates its technique to create new functionalities and a new aesthetic, whilst building upon Japanese traditions.

The functionality of each object is really enhanced and improved by the craft of printing. The printing technique is applied to create construction, transparency, display ‘pockets’, patterns, and graphics. With this exploration we aimed to look beyond the commonplaces of 3D printing but establish new design tools with a new aesthetic.

Printing with a bio-based printing material also offers a new and more sustainable approach to interior design that can have a massive social impact in the long run. These materials have never before been used in retail. The entire project as such was treated as a giant beta-test, as all items were prototypes that were used directly in the store.

Also, the project is a tribute to international collaborations between designers. We were invited by Jo Nagasaka to design 3D printed furniture within his interior design, whilst he is a known furniture designer himself. This is a great compliment and shows the importance of designers sharing ideas and being inclusive, helping each other, together exploring new ways of making designs.

Dus Juice Kiosk 03 Nacása Partners Inc Low Res
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close-up of the juice bar revealing a changing pattern

Dus Vanity Corner 01 Nacása Partners Inc
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Vanity counter. The table top and stools combine 3D printed patterns with marble terrazzo inlay

Dus Vanity Corner 05 Dus Low Res
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close up of the table top of the vanity counter

Dus The Workshop Area 05 Dus
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close up of the workshop table, revealing a printed pattern combined with terrazzo inlay

Dus The Writing Counter 03 Dus
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the writing counter is a monolithic printed structure that opens up at the top to display pens and pencils

Dus The Writing Counter 07 Dus Low Res
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close up of the writing counter. Small pockets shape the exact position of each pencil

Dus Landscape Table 07 Dus Low Res
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the structural landscape of the reading table

Dus Landscape Table 06 Dus Low Res
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close up of the reading table. The printed 'folds' support books and magazines.

Aectual Xl 3 D Printing Robot 01  Ilse Leenders
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One of the robots that was used for the 3D print research

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