Peter Donders (1965)
Born in 1965 in Leut, Belgium, Peter Donders attended the well-known technical school in Maaseik, graduating at the age of 22 as a furniture maker. Following his graduation, Peter Donders became a self-employed carpenter, experimenting from the start with shapes and materials. 1999 was a milestone, for this was the year he switched from pure craftsmanship to using computerised 3D and CAD tools.
In 2000 he planned and designed the temporary construction of the theatre for the musical Grace in Amsterdam and in 2004 he was invited to an international conference in London where he presented his latest invention: a design technique employing several computer programs in combination to calculate complex artistic forms. This innovative application of technology was well received by architects such as Sir Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid and remains at the cutting-edge of design practice today.
One of the first to use polygonal modelling in combination with Rhino he designed and made 1110 theatre seats for the Grand Theatre in Blackpool in 2008. His C-Stone and C-Bench are machine made from a single string of carbon guided around a temporary mandrel. The result is strong yet airy structure, described by Rob Cassy in The Garden Design Journal as ‘calligraphy in 3D’.
The Batoidea chair produced using 3D-printed sand casting, was presented at the Moscow Design Week 2011 and subsequently shown at various exhibitions in Europe. Many other revolutionary furniture and jewellery designs followed
Since 2013 Peter Donders has taught 3D print product design at the SYNTRA school in Belgium.
In 2015 the Ti-join chair was included in the the MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING Exhibition: 25 years of 3D Printing by Materialise, Belgium. In 2017 he was invited by the Hong Kong Council to give a talk about his 3D print designs.
The Shelly chair constitutes the next milestone in his career. Made of 3D die-cast bronze, the 37 kg chair is a contemporary take on Art Nouveau forms, combining the latest technology with lines inspired by nature.