Jan 3, 2016 | By Kira

Luxury 3D printing jewelry designer VOJD Studios and Swiss fashion house Akris have teamed up to create a series of 3D printed rings for Akris’ architecturally-inspired Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, revealed recently at Paris Fashion Week. Manufactured from silver and polyamide pieces using SLS 3D printing technology, the richly detailed 3D printed rings were inspired by Sou Fujimoto’s stunning Naoshima Pavilion, a massive polyhedron geometric structure unveiled last year in Japan.

Combining fashion, architecture, geometry, and high-precision 3D printing technology, the statement-making 3D printed rings perfectly capture both VOJD and Akris’ avant-garde aesthetic and commitment to high-quality craftsmanship.

Berlin-based VOJD Studios uses 3D printing technology to create unique, high-end jewelry collections made from nylon or silver in complex geometrical forms. Through collaborations with cutting-edge designers, VOJD has created several luxury 3D printed jewelry collections that draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, from the rich history of Africa’s Zulu culture to DNA coils, electrical currents and even aeronautic engineering.

As for Albert Kriemler, Creative Director at Akris, his designs are known for being crisp, futuristic, and above all, architecturally-inspired.  For the Spring 2016 collection in particular, Kriemler partnered with Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto to create a series of mesh-like, structured fabrics, which were in turn used to create strong yet feminine pencil skirts, blouses and tailored jackets in bright, monochrome ensembles.

Taking the scope of this collaboration even further, Kriemler designed a 3D model of a ring, inspired directly by Fujimoto’s Noashima Pavilion. This Pavilion is a large-scale polyhedron-based structure built from a white stainless steel mesh. The beautifully intricate geometric installation, which visitors can actually entre and explore from the inside, is currently on display in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan, as part of Setouchi’s International Art Festival.

Sou Fujimoto’s Naoshima Pavilion

Krielmer then took his 3D design to VOJD to have it 3D printed using precision selective laser sintering technology. This is the first time Akris has used 3D printing to create ready-to-wear high-end fashion pieces, however it may not be the last: 3D printing technology allows designers to develop small lines of unique wearable products at lower costs with shorter lead times. Already, luxury fashion designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Iris Van Herpen have utilized the creative possibilities of 3D printing in their fashion lines. In terms of 3D printed jewelry, we have also recently seen some beautifully extravagant executions, including .bijouets and Monica Castiglioni’s collaboration; sunlight-inspired 3D printed jewelry by Komorebi; and, at the consumer-level, Trove’s customizable 3D printed jewelry platform.



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Sylvo Schroeder wrote at 1/5/2016 12:34:48 PM:

GREAT post interesting how 3D printing becomes a creative partner in all design disciplines.

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