Mar 19, 2016 | By Tess
3D printed dresses are not the only additively manufactured wearables turning heads at this year’s international fashion weeks, as Canadian design trio Daniel Christian Tang have demonstrated with their most recent 3D printed jewelry collection, which graced the runways at at David Pecaut Square just a day ago during Toronto Fashion Week.
The collection, called Icon, was inspired by iconic architectural styles and buildings that have marked the young trio of designers, who themselves come from the field of architecture. Among the designs is a recognizable homage to the Beijing National Stadium, better known as the Bird’s Nest, which was designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with renowned artist Ai Weiwei.
DCT’s founders, architects Heng Tang and Mario Christian Lavorato and structural engineer Luca Daniel Lavorato, started the 3D printed jewelry brand after Tang and Mario Christian realized they could put their architectural modeling skills towards designing women’s jewelry. Since its founding, the company has gone on to become Canada’s leading 3D printed luxury jewelry maker.
“3D printing has begun to revolutionize fashion industries all over the world,” said Tang. “In New York, London, Tokyo, you’re starting to see the infiltration of the traditional runway space. We realized that, as far as Toronto goes, we’re the only ones doing this, and we really wanted to put our name on that innovation as fast as we could.”
Icon, consisting of five stunning statement pieces and other intricate accents, showcases the parallels that exist between design fields such as fashion and architecture. As Mario Christian explains: “If you kind of look at the careers of the biggest architects, they begin to straddle this line of architecture and product design in everything from furniture to jewelry to even toasters. It’s a really interesting space to start out in architecture and then kind of find your way in a design path that you never know where you’re going to end up.”
Daniel Christian Tang’s design process involves using architectural modeling software and mathematical plugins to create their uniquely intricate 3D printed jewelry designs. As they are a luxury jewelry brand, DCT additively manufactures their designs on a high-resolution SLS wax 3D printer, which they then mold and cast with precious metals such as silver and gold.
The design trio is also known for its commercially available 3D printed jewelry collections, including Hive, Wavemaker, Grid, Diamond, and Flow. The pieces, each only reproduced about 50 times to ensure a level of exclusivity, can be ordered through the company’s website or at Canada’s leading high-end department store Holt Renfrew.
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birthstonesjewellery wrote at 4/3/2016 8:57:42 AM:
Interesting 3D jewellery
John Smithies wrote at 3/19/2016 7:37:30 PM:
Those look like the collars someone in a Saw movie would wear.