Jan 4, 2016 | By Tess
Though 3D printing is a new and quickly growing technology that seems, even now, quite futuristic, it has also helped designers in various fields to connect to the past in certain ways. For the Czech home goods retailer Lauriger, 3D printing technology has allowed them to reach into their national past to resuscitate the Czech Cubist art movement through their most recent table set collection, Lilia.
Czech Cubism, most vital between the years 1912 and 1914, was an art movement inspired by Cubists the likes of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, which translated the angular and abstract lines of their paintings into sculptural and architectural pieces, such as the famous House of the Black Madonna in Prague.
In an effort to revive the artistic movement and pay homage to it, Lauriger commissioned Czech architect Svetlana Koženová to design a table set reminiscent of the Cubist style, which she did by combining contemporary processes such as digital design and 3D printing with more traditional porcelain making techniques.
In order to realize the project, Koženová designed the pieces using digital design processes and used 3D printing to create the molds for each of the table set pieces. For the porcelain making, she collaborated with a local porcelain manufacturer located in Dubi u Teplic, a city that has specialized in porcelain making for over three centuries.
“I’m very proud of our heritage in the Czech Republic. It seems poetic that Czech porcelain is so well known for its quality - it was such a perfect fit,” says Koženová. “I think that we only reached such high standards with a spirit of innovation and self-improvement. I hope, through combining tradition and technology, my work reflects that.”
The collection consists of geometric and angular teacups, saucers, bowls, plates and liquor vessels, whose designs were also inspired by the shape of the lily flower. As Koženová explains, “I’ve always been inspired by geometry. When I created the Lilia collection, I wanted to take the important elements of Cubism - beautiful geometric patterns and complex shapes - and fuse them with the natural beauty of the lily flower. Achieving that contract was very important.”
Quite fittingly, the Lilia collection is only available in the color white because Koženová felt that having a neutral and minimalist color would help to emphasize the form and geometry of the individual pieces, which are undeniably striking.
“As a designer, it isn’t the individual design of each piece that makes the collection unique,” she explains. “It’s how each bowl, cup or plate connects together seamlessly, creating an infinite amount of unique patterns and compositions. That, to me, is the beauty of Czech Cubism, and geometry in general, and it was vital that I capture that beauty.”
For Koženová, the opportunity to collaborate with Lauriger to create such beautiful and nationally significant pieces was cherished as she was able to not only be inspired by Czech Cubism but to successfully combine 21st century technologies like additive manufacturing with more traditional porcelain making processes.
The Lilia collection can be seen and purchased through Lauriger’s website here. Another project, “Geometric Landscapes”, a collection of serving boards also inspired by Czech Cubism, is also underway and is coming soon.
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