Designer Janne Kyttanen studied at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona in 1996, and then moved to the Netherlands to further his education at The Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
He says when he first encountered a 3D printer, he immediately "saw every object around him in wireframe" and envisioned a future in which products would be scaled down into digital files.
Kyttanen says his vision for the future of 3D printing was so clear that he decided to focus solely on creating products using digital technologies, and in 2000, he founded Freedom of Creation, an agency devoted to design for 3D printing.
With a team of design and innovation experts, Kyttanen began creating a portfolio of acclaimed, awarded-winning designs. His work appears in the collection of museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Art and Design and the Vitra Design Museum.
In 2011, 3D Systems bought Freedom of Creation and that gave Kyttanen access to innovative, cutting edge software, materials and technology, and he now serves as Creative Director for 3D Systems.
His latest work in furniture design, the Kyttanen lounger, was 3D printed on a ProX 950, and it took 5 full weeks of continuous printing to complete.
The lounger was metal-plated in copper, and it was unveiled at CES 2015 in the 3D Systems booth.
It was printed using Selective Laser Sintering technology (SLS) and designed to maximize strength while minimizing material use.
Kyttanen says 3D printing is changing the nature of manufacturing – and the relationship between consumers and goods – in a world where "product life spans are constantly decreasing, while the amount of new products pushed into the market is ever increasing."
The designer likens the situation to that of the music and photography markets of a decade ago.
"MP3 changed the music industry forever, digital cameras did the same for photography and digital printing enabled everybody to become a publisher – now the same transition is already occurring for consumer products as well," Kyttanen says. "People will be able to create their own products with great ease and will not need to be bound by the selection they can find in stores. As a result, the value for consumers will increase and waste will decrease."