A.I., the new chair by Kartell is the first design object conceived by artificial intelligence, created with input from designer Philippe Starck. Thanks to the collaboration between Kartell, Starck, and Autodesk, the A.I. chair is the result of the collaboration between artificial intelligence and human intelligence. Revealed during the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2019, the A.I. chair is now available in Kartell stores worldwide at £173.
“When Philippe came to me with his idea and the results of his work in collaboration with Autodesk, I immediately accepted the challenge of starting an industrial production of the project,” says Claudio Luti, CEO of Kartell. The A.I. chair and collaboration are at the pinnacle of the industrial design world, resulting in one of the most creative outcomes ever achieved with generative design.
Generative design is a design exploration technology that allows designers and engineers to input their design goals, along with parameters such as materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. The software then explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. It tests and learns from each iteration what works and what doesn't.
Starck Teaching The System
Mark Davis, senior director of design futures at Autodesk, says: "In getting to know each other, Starck was teaching the system about design intent while the A.I. was trying to learn as much as possible, in order to be as helpful as possible. As the relationship between the two matured, the system became a much stronger collaborative partner, and began to anticipate Starck's preferences and the way he likes to work."
The software prototype used by Starck includes capabilities that are still being incubated by the Autodesk Research team, such as cutting-edge A.I.-assisted design techniques. This project was also the first time that injection molding was designated as a manufacturing constraint in Autodesk generative design technology.
100% Recycled Material
For the first time, Kartell is using 100 per cent recycled material in the production of the A.I. chair. Adopting a virtuous process that respects and protects the environment by reusing clean industrial scraps and transforming them to create raw material in order to guarantee the aesthetic quality and structural requirements of the product, and reduce the emissions necessary for its production.
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