While shopping for home decor, we have all faced a situation where a particular piece of furniture or accessory was not-quite-right. We have discussed the possibility of tweaking it at home, doing a witty DIY and finding someone who could design and develop what we want, until finally settling down with the item at hand. However, we live in times where a very different scenario is just as possible.
With the advent of 3D printing technology, your next new side table could be a ready-to-print design, customized to your heart’s content and printed at your convenience. The choices are endless and so are the materials that are being used to produce these products. What is even more interesting is to see how 3D printing has empowered designers to cut through the manufacturing process and focus solely on the design sensibilities and innovative aesthetics.
In the previous segment of this series, we discussed how 3D printing has evolved and made its way to our homes. Now let us focus on how ingenious designs are transforming these ordinary objects into pieces of art.
Experimenting with both technology and technique, Oliver van Herpt has been trying to blur the lines between handmade and 3D printed products. His design innovations take inspiration from material, form, and even sound. In collaboration with Ricky van Broekhoven, who specializes in sound design, they created a series of 3D printed objects based on noisescapes (the waves created by different sounds). This means that your favorite song, or your baby’s first words could now be turned into objects to capture that moment forever in a physical structure.
Lighting plays an important role in the look and feel of our homes. As we move into a 3D printed future, these gorgeous ceramic pendant lamps with their clandestine LEDs are lighting the way. The lamps use strength and sustainability of ceramics, while the complex hollow structures are realized by 3D printing. It’s a perfect match of craftsmanship and technology. The invisible bulbs illuminate the lamps in a soothing glow, and its delicate shapes are ideal for any modern home.
As one of the early adopters and pioneers in 3D printing, Janne’s work inspires design and creativity. Breaking the barriers between art and technology, he has created many stunning products that adorn our homes today. Turning simple everyday products into pieces of art by using design ingenuity and making it easier to produce these objects using 3D printers, he has brought many amazing creations to our doorsteps.
Wouldn’t these look stunning in any room? The duo Kram and Weisshaar believe in redesigning design to create better and more interesting structures that challenge the usual. This set of shelves and tables was an experiment to use a software program to help design the connecting bars that support these structures. The results are stunning! These unique pieces transcend utility and become art. The connecting bars were even painted using 3D technology to identify joints and select the color palette.
In the first part of this series we featured Microscape, a company that 3D prints cityscapes to be used as collectibles. Mousarris takes this concept into a bigger dimension by creating these amazing pieces of furniture. The cityscape in this structure may be make-believe, but these coffee tables will be a stunning addition to any modern eclectic home.
Pushing the boundaries of 3D printing possibilities, these faucets are a testament that technology has brought about a new era of design capability. These luxury faucets bring an element of surprise and innovation to something so mundane. This design would not have been possible without 3D printing, and it shows how technology and craftsmanship are being brought together to make our everyday lives more special.
Creative geniuses have always been ahead of times, and the case is not any different when it comes to 3D printing. Nick Ervinck has been exploring the boundaries between various forms of media, and has created a series of 3D printed sculptures using digital designs inspired by everyday items, including fruit and vegetables. These designs explore aesthetics; they are visually alluring and question reality.
This 3D printing make-tank experiments and innovates the design and structure for mostly architectural purposes. The possibility of a 3D printed home is a near reality, and Emerging Objects brings a unique approach to this field. By experimenting with various materials, shapes and sizes, they have created many interesting structures that explore the possibility of larger form production and scalability. Their compelling designs would have been impossible to produce without 3D printing technology.
A huge step towards actual construction of a 3D printed home, DUS Architects developed and installed this Urban Cabin that was made entirely of 3D printed parts. They aim to create sustainable and customizable modern homes for our future cities. Through design they build solutions that will impact our planet and the way we live.
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