February 23, 2016
The 3D printing juggernaut crosses another frontier with glass as the latest material. The Mediated Matter Group of the MIT Media Lab has developed an innovative technique which uses molten glass tubes to "print" vessels of different shapes and sizes, layer by layer. This technology has interesting development potential, especially as the glass tubes can be used to transmit other media. Could this be the start of windows in interesting 3D shapes, or perhaps glass vessels with integrated LED lights?
The 3D Printed Glass Vessels by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group is on show as part of the Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, the leading museum for historic and contemporary design in the US. In this fifth edition, the Design Triennial showcases creations of 63 designers from around the world in an exploration of 7 notions of beauty: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, transformative, emergent, and elemental. This diversity not only reinforces the maxim that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but is also a reminder of how good design can inspire ideas, communicate stories and evoke the deep emotional responses which constitute beauty.
The Design Triennial exhibition is on display at the Cooper Hewitt Museum until 21 August 2016.
Furniture with a truly sculptural presence are great for adding interest in interior spaces, especially if they are brightly coloured as well, such as the Bold chair from Moustache and the Chariot trolley from Casamania.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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