With a pile of sawdust piled up on plywood in the basement workshop, Brendan Solsby and will Rawlins in downtown Los AngelesA. Design company 100 xbetter watches a huge shop Sabre 4896 cut and carve their DB chairs. The Bauhaus- In the past, it took a whole day for the affected seats to be handmade. Now their $40,000 machine can cut two chairs in an hour. \"We can design something else on the computer, or have lunch while the robot is working,\" said 36-year-old solesby . \". \"It\'s comforting to look at it and know that we got what we wanted. \"In the world of contemporary furniture, digital technology is not only radically changing the way works are made, but in the next few years, what kind of design will be landing in our home. Just as the first machine lathe in the early 19 th century made it possible to carve even curves with wood and metal, the latest generation of routers, lasers and water Jet cutters can cut wood, acrylic, or even solid steel into fine silk and rococo resin. This new technology- Known as computer numerical control or CNC-- The gap between crafting and manufacturing is being bridged. \"Technology is having a huge impact on the manufacture and sale of furniture,\" said Brooke Hodge, curator of architecture and design at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. \"People become more comfortable with items made of digital designs made of industrial materials, such as plastic and resin at home. \"Labor- Intensive design sold as an expensive product- Can now be mass produced with more eyes Decoration details-- The price is lower. Hodge said: \"Every iteration of the Tord Boontje folk art design has become cheaper, but the real future of this technology is that you can customize furniture like a custom car. You can change the shape of the sofa instead of just picking the fabric. Technology is redefining the art of furniture design, says Rawlins. He said: \"The machine opened the door and continued to make complex and beautiful things, which was completed in a very short time . \" \"The CNC system was originally developed after World War II for the manufacture of metal parts and now works in conjunction with computers The architect has used the auxiliary drawing program for decades. 20-century modernists such as Noguchi and Panton depicted the flow curves and forms of deformation on paper, while contemporary designers drew three- Size object on laptop. In Book 2005, Blobjects & Beyond: new fluidity in design, authors Steven scoff Holt and Marla Holt scoff propose that these are sometimes The silly form is a direct result of digital design and manufacturing, resulting in \"new creative possibilities for the appearance of even the most common objects. \"As the London- Based on future system proof, the bench does not need to be a rectangle on the leg. The company\'s work is a circular lacquer sculpture reminiscent of the work of Nike swoosh or artist Henry Moore. In \"folding\" by British designer Alex Taylor, a computer The cut metal can be bent into a lamp and its shadow. Stephen Lawrence\'s showroom in Los Angeles represents the system of the future, and Taylor believes that early exploration in the digital manufacturing field will become a collection. ( In fact, folding lights have just been added to the international collection of contemporary design at the Museum of Modern Art. ) Lawrence compares a new generation of computers In the early 20 th century, the emergence of Cubism produced shape. \"Computers are able to design the curves and shapes that look like Frank Garee and Zaha Hadid buildings,\" Lawrence said . \". \"Now with this technology, there is no limit to what designers can create and customize. \"In the not-too- In the distant future, a computer will be able to carve Louis XIV\'s chair from a piece of plywood, or cut it out of solid steel with a strand of water. The computer will scan a picture. how is this done? - For example, a photo of the chair in the auction catalogue, or an etching for a period of time --- Translated into three- Size model. With the help of a human programmer, the computer code will orchestrate the machine and grind the material into the final shape of the chair. Currently, there is only one problem: there is no machine that can cut the lower side of the solid material block. However, a method called stereo exposure can make smallscale three- Measure the size of the object from the ground up with resin or wax, and then make the mold with resin or wax. Jason Miller in Brooklyn I am the designer here, a table made of plastic, artificial boards carved with CNC graffiti, and these new technologies have some potential drawbacks. \"It\'s dangerous to say it can be equal to a woodcutter or a graffiti artist,\" he said . \". \"Copying existing processes using technology does not catch this. Miller said: \"Although he will use a computer to complete a work, he will not design it online. \"People with a reputation for noise recently always try to equate their shape with nature or ergonomics, and in fact they are making the most unnatural shapes possible,\" he said . \". \"They just made things simple --to- Render the digital shape. \"Despite the inherent creative potential of digital design, it is most commonly used for cheap plastic products produced in decades -- Old molding process Similarly, CNC machinery is used more often to speed up production Cost items such as Ikea cabinets or Tord Boontje\'s recently designed lacy silhouette for Target\'s holiday decorations. However, in Los Angeles, more and more independent furniture manufacturers are beginning to use CNC machines to become miniature factories, producing original designs that have not been possible in the past few years. \"It\'s all about CNC,\" said Alan Dai, a Venetian designer . \". In the Namibia series by Ilan Dai studio, he used a computer Drive router on fine hardwood table. As a result, inspired by a tour of Africa, the carved patterns of the table top are like terrain dunes and choppy water. \"It allows designers to have so much freedom of expression,\" Dei said of the technology . \". \"In the past, if I wanted to make a sculpture, emotional, natural -- Facing the form, it is almost impossible to copy without master Kaver. \"For 100 xbetter, this technology allows accuracy and repeatability,\" said designer Rawlins . \". Chairs, shelves and chandeliers are made of precision interlocking piecescut, half- Inch plywood, can be shipped flat in the box and assembled without nails or glue. \"Being able to make parts for a lamp and knowing that it will be assembled together is powerful and there is no question mark,\" he said . \". The machine is also able to print assembly instructions directly on the surface of furniture components, or to carve complex relief works, such as bamboo supports carved into plywood. \"This is something I will never try with my hands,\" Rawlins said . \". If Rawlins and Solsby take the formfollows- The functional approach to the design of computer furniture, known as the Highland Park Alliance for machine history, follows a more dramatic path. Jason Pilarski, professor of industrial and Environmental Design, School of Design, Pasadena Arts Center, and his colleague Patrick Dachtler, steven Joyner and Clancy Pearson have won praise for showing a sophisticated computer at the Inter Milan furniture show in last April Carved bed made of countertop material coorian. \"CNC technology is very common in manufacturing but not in furniture design,\" Pilarski said . \". \"People have learned how to make money, but they have not yet learned the aesthetics of technology and what machines can do. \"Joina experienced this in person while transforming the attic upstairs of the mechanical history industrial store. He used a computer program to create a living space with a building. In the DJ console and in the closet hidden behind the wall- The size door used as a projection TV screen. There are also experiments and prototypes in the apartment, including a long and rolling dining table made of laminated rocks. Downstairs in the lab, designers of mechanical history are clumsy. Crazy Hair scientists in their 30 s are all talking in line and creating 3- A collage of images such as flying birds superimposed with pixel patterns. On the most recent afternoon, the team used a CNC router to cut a design into a Crean, then heated the slate and bent around the pipe to make lighting that glows like a alabaster relief The group also produced carefully carved mirrors that took two days to design on the computer and the CNC machine cut for an hour. Pearson said: \"It will take a year to do this kind of work with your hands, and you will never get such clean lines and clear edges. \"Perfection is not the most important product in machine history. Usually, the designer will make adjustments in the CNC program to see what the machine will do. \"When people talk about crafts, they talk about the hands of artists who can feel the way things are made,\" Pilarski said . \". \"It allows them to see the hands of the machine. \"Jason Miller also used computer tools to spark new thinking about digital design. For something called Scottish magic, he put the computer Cut the frosted glass pieces onto a solid mirror. The finished product looks like it\'s broken and stuck together. - And remind us that perfection can be imperfect. \"Designers need to see CNC technology as a process,\" he said . \". \"It has its own unique features, good and bad. Ideally, these will be used to their own merits, leading to something brand new and honest. Rawlins of 100 xbetter agreed. \"We didn\'t buy CNC machines to see how much time and money we could save,\" he said . \". Then why do they buy it? \"We think, \'This is a crazy tool that can inspire us, \'said Rawlins. \' \"david. keeps@latimes.