Bringing together architects, artists, chefs, designers and engineers, pop-up restaurant Food Ink. has laid claim to the title of “world’s first 3D-printing restaurant.” The restaurant utilizes 3D printers produced by Dutch company byFlow to create dishes out of hummus, chocolate mousse, smashed peas, goat cheese or pizza dough – essentially anything that can take the form of a paste.
The paste can then be fed through the extruder to create culinary sculptures. Food Ink.’s mission is to explore the intersection between dining and technology-enhanced user experience. According to their stated philosophy, the team is “putting [to] work most innovative technologies, like 3D-printing and augmented reality, in order to elaborate the most exquisite interactive edible experience.”
Mamou-Mani Architects, design adviser to the project, has designed the furniture for the dinner. They consists of a collection of 3D printed stools and table stands, was designed with the help of Silkworm, a Grasshopper3D plugin we co-wrote with Adam Holloway, Karl Kjelstrup-Johnson and Andrei Jipa.
In addition to translating geometries into 3D printing pathways, Silkworm allows us to manipulate the internal geometries and structures of his designs to fit desired time, speed, and build constraints. To ensure the stability and strength of the 3D printed stools, Mamou-Mani incorporated a truss structure into its walls, ultimately allowing for a sturdy, hollow, and materially efficient structure that could withstand being sat on.
In designing the whole collection, which consists of a number of different designs, Mamou-Mani and his team generated a matrix of potential chair designs which took into account the desired speed of the print, the angle behind the print, and a number of other factors. The result was a range of design families that fell into these constraints. To account for the height limitations of the 3D printer, some of the pieces were designed with male/female connections for possible extensions.
Mamou-Mani Architects (Arthur Mamou-Mani, Rishabh Khurana, Aditya Bhosle, Ping-Hsiang Chen, Lola Chaine)
Food Ink (Antony Dobrzensky, Marcio Barradas, Mateu Blanch, Joel Castanye, Frits Hoff, Floris Hoff, Jerome Vadon)
James Solly (Format Engineering), Oliver Fueckert (Volitvo Excellfil Filament), Florian Horsch (Hypecask 3D Printing), Aaron Porterfield, Andrei Jipa