Our Lab

Joris Laarman Lab is an experimental playground set up to study and shape the future. It tinkers with craftsmen, scientists and engineers on the many new possibilities of upcoming technology and its consequential esthetics. The work is very diverse, from sculptural experimental furniture and innovative production processes to museum installations,  film, digital media and workshops at universities around the world.

The lab started in 2004 by Joris Laarman and partner and filmmaker Anita Star. Both grew up in the rural countryside of the Netherlands. Joris attended the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1998 and graduated cum laude in 2003. He gained first notoriety with the Reinventing functionality project, which included functional rococo radiator Heatwave that was picked up by Droogdesign and now produced by Jaga. He contributed in articles and seminars for Domus magazine and was a guest teacher at European universities like the Architectural Association London, Rietveld academy Amsterdam and the Design academy Eindhoven. During her study film and documentary Anita joined forces in 2004.

The work of Joris Laarman Lab has been added to the permanent collections of many renowned international museums like the MoMA, V&A, Centre Pompidou and recently the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam where the Bonechair is the closing work of the 20st century collection. In 2011 Joris Laarman received an innovator of the year award by the wall street journal. End 2015 a solo exhibition of the experimental work initiated by the Groningen museum started traveling around the world.

Recent & Upcoming exhibitions


Groninger Museum, ‘Joris Laarman Lab’, Groningen, NL

Art Basel/Miami, Miami, USA

Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau: ‘A 21st Century Show Home’, Swiss Institute, New York, USA

Beurs van Berlage, ‘Berlage, Godfather of Dutch Design’, Amsterdam, NL

Hofmobiliendpot Vienna: ‘Lightoptia’, Vienna, AUT

PAD, London, UK

Autostadt, ‘Joris Laarman Lab’, Wolfsburg, DE


Center for Arts and Technology, ‘Lightoptia’, Lisbon, PRT

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, ‘Out of hand’, Sydney, AUS

MARCO, ‘Lightoptia’, Monterrey, MEX

Art Basel/ Miami, Basel, CHE


National Gallery of Victoria, ‘Trienalle’, Melbourne, AUS

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, ‘Joris Laarman Lab’, New York, USA

Museé des Arts Décoratives, ‘Joris Laarman Lab’, Paris, FR


Museum of Fine Arts Houston, ‘Joris Laarman Lab’, USA

High Museum of Art, ‘Joris Laarman Lab’, Atlanta, USA

Public collections

Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL

Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

Centro de Arte Caja Burgos, Burgos, ESP

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA

Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

Droog Design Collection, Amsterdam, NL

DSM art foundation, NL


FRAC, Nord-Pas de Calais, FR

Groninger Museum, Groningen, NL

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, ISR

LACMA, Los Angeles, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA

MoMA, New York, USA

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, CAN

Vitra Design Museum, Wheil am Rhein, DE

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, FR

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA

Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, DE

Museum Kunst Paviljoen, Groningen, NL

Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA

Museum of Rouen, Rouen, FR

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AUS

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

Stedelijk Museum s’Hertogenbosch, NL

Textiel Museum Tilburg, Tilburg, NL

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK