Dec 9, 2015 | By Tess
For those who have been following 3D printing’s growing influence in the fashion world, prepare for exciting news! Clothing and accessory brand Chromat has recently teamed up with jewelry design brand Metalepsis Projects to design and release a collection of trendy 3D printed jewelry.
If you haven’t heard of Chromat, you might recognize their designs from Taylor Swift’s recent Bad Blood video, which has received over half a billion views on Youtube. The brand, whose clothing designs are architectural, structural, and futuristic, is based in New York City and has been around since 2010.
Metalepsis Projects, for its part, is a bi-coastal design company that was founded by two former architects, Victoria Cho and Astrid Chastka, who wanted to design conceptual jewelry influenced by elements of art, architecture, and science. As stated on their website, “We seek unexpected and dynamic forms that emerge from the balance of technological innovation and natural sensibility.”
Both brands’ interest in architecture and structural fashion has made for an especially fruitful collaboration, which utilizes 3D printing to create edgy, statement jewelry pieces.
The collection consists of chokers, cuffs, and rings whose designs were inspired by Chromat’s Fall/Winter 2015 Collection called Mindfiles, itself a combination of strappy, latexy, and futuristic elements. Chromat says of their recent collection, “In this world, garments function as artificial augmentation and enhancements of the human body. The materials used to create the AW15 Collection are all simulations of biological materials: latex simulating skin, Swarovski simulating diamonds/gems, synthetic hair simulating organic hair.”
Metalepsis also collaborated with Chromat on their Mindfiles collection, as they helped to design and additively manufacture the laser ports on some of their pieces. The inspiration for the jewelry pieces, which are named the Orbit Cuff, the Soundboard Necklance, Pin Cuff, and Proton Ring, came specifically from these buttress design of the Chromat laser ports.
The jewelry pieces, which have been described as armor-like, are solid and chunky, though remain flexible enough to be comfortable for the wearer. The pieces were additively manufactured using a black dyed nylon material, which has been rubber coated.
Often, collaborations between design houses result in extremely expensive pieces, but you’ll be happy to know that the jewelry made by Chromat and Metalepsis is incredibly affordable. The collection ranges from $36 for a ring, to $185 for the three-pronged collar necklace, so you won’t have to break the bank to adorn yourself with the latest in 3D printed jewelry designs.
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kb wrote at 12/16/2015 1:12:05 AM:
A reminder of the slavery era?
Richie wrote at 12/9/2015 8:36:04 PM:
I must be getting old. That stuff was ugly.