The Bone Chair’s design is calculated by a computer program that mimics natural bone growth—hence the chair’s organic shape. The material is used efficiently: for the production, a special 3D printer creates a ceramic mold into which liquid aluminum is poured. The Bone Chair is then polished by hand.
At the same time, utensils are representational objects. Their material and ornamentation indicate their owners’ social status. Cutlery is thus not infrequently made of gold or silver, sometimes even adorned with ivory or precious stones. Historically, it expressed not just material wealth, but also cultural literacy. Thus nineteenth-century bourgeois society expanded standard tableware—knife, fork, spoon—in countless variations through which to demonstrate its culinary culture. Today’s dessert spoon and fish knife are just two remnants of the many utensils manufactured at the time.