April 13, 2017
Jason Mizrahi Blurs the Line Between Furniture and Art
Our second Designer Case Study is the Loop Chair by Jason Mizrahi. Jason is a Los Angeles-based contemporary furniture designer, who brings a sculptural approach to all of his pieces that strives to strike the perfect balance between form and function.
Most of the items printed in our Designer Case Study series were submitted before the New York pop-up shop opened in early March. Jason’s story is a bit different though.
While the team was in town for the NY pop-up, we spent a day at the 16th annual Architectural Digest Design Show - a 3 day trade show at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s West Side showcasing the newest trends in home design from furniture to lighting to textiles to kitchen appliances and bath fixtures.
I was most excited to see the MADE section of the show, which featured a curated selection of over 160 independent artists and designers, who are using innovative materials and processes to create unique works of art, sculpture, handmade objects, and furnishings.
We spent a few hours weaving in and out of booths, meeting many inspiring designers and makers, one of which happened to be Jason Mizrahi.
I was immediately struck by the beautiful lines and sweeping curves present in Jason’s work. The designs were strong yet graceful. The furniture on display, although minimal in form, commanded your attention through its bold and expressive silhouettes.
Jason has noted the influence of art, architecture, fashion, and music in his work. He describes his aesthetic as a fusion between design and art, solids and voids, and lines and shapes.
"I like to think that materials have emotions and express movement unrestrained by convention," Jason says, describing his design philosophy.
Challenging the idea of “form follows function”, Jason seeks to create pieces that redefine how we view furniture. Through unconventional techniques he pushes the limits of materials to generate unexpected shapes that reveal the beauty inherent in each expression.
The Loop chair is the next step in Jason’s “exploration of expressing movement through fluid forms”.
His original design is made out of ash wood bent into multiple loops that create not only the chair’s structure but also its elegant profile. The curves are accentuated by the contrasting interior and exterior finish: a dark lacquered ebony on the exterior and bright flame red on the interior.
For our Case Study Jason wanted to try to fabricate this same chair with a 3D printer. The chair is well-suited for 3D printing as it was originally designed with a CNC machine in mind. Both methods rely on the build-up of 2D profile layers to create complex curves out of more rigid materials.
For the first prototype the chair was only printed in one color, but it would certainly be possible to use different colored plastics to create the same bold look as the original.
The Loop chair was printed in Sweden on The Box, BLB’s massive 3D printer with ABS pellets and a 6mm nozzle size. The raw print took only 4 hours to complete, which is considerably less time than the wood version takes. The chair will later undergo a finishing process to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections created during printing.
Jason has been seeking out new methods of fabrication, since his days in the Architecture studio at Pratt:
"My first exposure to computerized fabrication came to me when I...heard that the department had just purchased its first laser cutter. At the time we were all making study models by hand, but soon after you could see an immediate shift towards the advancement of ideas and complexity in 3d models. We would all hover over the printer and just stand there following the laser with our eyes as it moved across cutting material with such speed and precision. This new form of computer technology empowered everyone to take bolder steps towards advancing their designs because now everything seemed possible to create."
Another example in his current collection is the unique-edition Denali Table, which is made through a process often used in aircraft manufacturing with aerospace-grade materials. This process enables the Denali Table to be extremely strong and incredibly light. Engaging emerging technologies from other industries opens up new doors for designers to push the limits of traditional furniture design.
Jason is also interested in exploring ways to bring fabrication costs down when designing such complex shapes. He notes that when exploring new ideas, he tries to “simultaneously think of the materials and how [they] can be fabricated”. He doesn’t get locked into any specific system though, allowing some ideas to reveal themselves over time.
For Jason choosing a means of fabrication ultimately comes down to its effectiveness. Can this tool provide a solution for what he is trying to achieve?
The next method he explores just might be 3D printing.
He is excited about the potential for designing pieces that are lightweight, easily constructed, and more affordable. After developing the Loop chair, he recalled having trouble finding a reliable manufacturer to build it. Being able to 3D print a design may alleviate this issue significantly.
The 3D printer then becomes simply another way for Jason to express himself and to realize his designs without limitations. Adding another manufacturing technique to his repertoire allows Jason to continue to explore the line between furniture and art, reuniting form with function to create beautiful and unique pieces that are immediately fascinating and, ultimately, inspiring.
All images taken from Jason's website or provided by BLB. | Visit
Jason Mizrahi is a designer of contemporary furniture. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After receiving his degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York, Jason returned to Los Angeles and founded his own design studio.
Blurring the line between furniture and sculpture, Jason's designs are compositions in minimal and fluid forms, defined by proportion, and unrestrained by convention. His pieces embody a collective balance of timeless elements rooted in art, architecture, and fashion. In constant search of the perfect balance, his work represents a fusion between solids and voids, lines and shapes, both minimal and expressive.
To view Jason’s entire collection of sculptural pieces, check out his website here.
Written by Hannah Chessman
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