A general introduction has been given on the Product Design Special Collection in order to start looking and understand how designers were thinking on different aspects, and broadening our recognition, either by using innovative materials or by re inventing new products using various manufacturing techniques. Behind each piece a story, which gives it value and meaning, taken in consideration while been purchased by the consumers.
Five pieces were the most interesting, in term of manufacturing techniques, design process and the use of new materials.
1. Bowl made out of mycelium by Officina Corpuscoli
Growing products is the new revolution for sustainability and habitat. Montalti’s studio Officina Corpuscoil is experimenting new techniques to produce alternatives to plastics using fungal organisms. He claims that It’s a paradigm based on cultivation (dezeen, 2015).
“It’s about envisaging a completely different paradigm in relation to production.” Mentality
2. Coral pendant lamp by David Trubridge
The coral pendant lamp is Inspire from nature, it contains one single component repeated 60 times, made of bamboo plywood. The idea behind it is the interaction between the product and the customer, where it is constructed by hand one at a time. One of the difficulties faced the designer during transporting the lighting unit is shipping it without being damaged. There fore he created the idea of transporting it disassembled and being re-installed by the customer (Trubridge, n.d. ).
3. Printed Ceramic Vase By Olivier Van Herpt
A unique movement in the world of pottery is been established by Olivier Van Herpt in 2012. The 3D printing ceramics technology were existing but it couldn’t produce a human scale things. Therefore, he experimented various types of clays, and after two years finally he discovered functional 3D printed ceramics that can make larger scale of ceramics(Herpt, 2014).
These 3D printers allows to manufacture different forms, colors and textures, but on the other hand it replaced humans with a machine (Herpt, 2012-2013).
4. Blow Away Vase By Front
Using a 3D software, a Royal Delft vase has been digitalized and added some parameters to the material, then it was exposed to a simulated wind. the prints on the vase is hand made, and it is available in Moooi. (today and tomorrow, 2009).
5. The Gravity Stool by Jólan van der Wiel
In order to create those innovative pieces of furniture, Jólan uses magnetic plastic compounds, magnets and simple gravity, to represent a frozen moment of physics exposing the forces in action. (arch daily, 2012).
All the previous pieces common in collaborating the use of technology and expanding the material use, as Jólan van der Wiel says: “future potential in the joined cooperative forces combining technology with natural phenomena.”
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- Trubridge, D. (n.d.) Coral. [Online website] Retrieved from: https://www.davidtrubridge.com/collection/lighting/coral/
- Herpt, O. (2014) Functional 3D Printed Ceramics [Online website] Retrieved from:http://oliviervanherpt.com/functional-3d-printed-ceramics/
- Today and tomorrow (2009) Blow Away vase by Front [Online website] Retrieved from: http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2009/04/22/blow-away-vase-by-front/
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- Trubridge, D. (n.d.) Coral. [Online image] [Accessed 10th November 2016] Available at <https://www.davidtrubridge.com/collection/lighting/coral/>
- Battista, A. (2016) The Art and Craft of 3D Printed Clay [Online image] [Accessed 20th November 2016] Available at <http://oliviervanherpt.com/functional-3d-printed-ceramics/>
- Today and tomorrow (2009) Blow Away vase by Front [Online image] [Accessed 11th November 2016] Available at <http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2009/04/22/blow-away-vase-by-front/>
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