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Current Exhibitions

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

On view through May 13, 2018

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age presents work spanning the career of innovative Dutch designer Joris Laarman. Laarman and his Lab are design pioneers and idea detonators whose intellectual and thoughtful approach to design is marked by combining science, technology, restless curiosity, and creativity with lyrical aesthetics. Laarman’s experimental methods of fabrication continually propel him to explore new processes for creating and have made him one of today’s most compelling designers.

Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, this exhibition features furniture designs, applied projects and experiments from every phase of Laarman’s career, which are presented alongside related videos, sketches and renderings that illustrate the Joris Laarman Lab’s creative and production processes. Founded in 2004, the Lab is a multidisciplinary hub of scientists, engineers, programmers and craftspeople who explore the possibilities of design through research, experimentation and groundbreaking technology.

The exhibition features numerous designs from the High’s collection, which boasts the largest public holdings of the Dutch artist’s work outside of his home country.

“Combining reason with emotion, that’s the most difficult thing to do—in design and in everything.” —Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman Lab

Robots printing a bridge; furniture emulating the structure of bones; Rococo voxel tables; an array of inventive, digitally fabricated chairs. Dutch designer, inventor, and artist Joris Laarman (born 1979) is one of the most prominent designers of his generation. He graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Holland, in 2003 and founded the Joris Laarman Lab in 2004—first in Rotterdam and later in Amsterdam—with his partner, filmmaker Anita Star.

Laarman and his team focus on research and experimentation. They are pioneers in a field where design, technology, science, and art meet. The Lab is where they test new technologies and production methods. Here, collaboration between the worlds of high tech and craftsmanship is of fundamental importance.

Laarman’s methods push the boundaries of the disciplines he is exploring and developing. A prolific producer of more than just ideas, Laarman often includes references to historical art periods, such as Baroque or Art Nouveau, which can be seen through his recurring use of ornament—a signifier of the importance of form and aesthetics with function. Laarman emphasizes these connections to the past in conjunction with his futuristic production methods. His pieces symbolize the ongoing power struggle between tradition and innovation as well as between technology and craftsmanship—current topics in the design world.

Organization and Support

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands and was curated by Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, the Groninger Museum.

Support for this exhibition is provided by

Logo for Dutch Culture USA with a link to

Creative Industries Fund NL

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, Ann and Tom Cousins, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joyce and Henry Schwob

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund