Nov 24, 2017 | By Benedict

3D printing continues its role as a tool for creative empowerment, as evidenced by new 3D printed fashion, 3D printed design, and 3D printed furniture offerings from Jef Montes, Klemens Schillinger, and Mathias Bengtsson.

Jef Montes’ ‘Tormenta’ 3D printed shoe

First up in our triplet of 3D printed design innovations is a 3D printed shoe from Dutch fashion designer Jef Montes, whose Tormenta fashion collection—inspired by the maritime industry and storms—was first seen in Paris in October.

The spectacular collection included soluble garments that changed shape when steamed: a special steam installation at the Paris Fashion Week show served to transform a smooth satin piece into a plissé one, for example.

The collection, which was influenced by shipbuilding materials like brass, carbon, fiberglass, and nylon, also included a 3D printed shoe consisting of nylon and leather elements.

The shoe was designed by Montes and Chris van den Elzen and 3D printed by Shapeways in Eindhoven. Its design is said to resemble wind caught in the sail of a ship, with its 3D printed nylon heel combined with a thin leather strap around the ankle.

Montes and van den Elzen took part in several experiments with Shapeways to determine the best 3D printing material for the shoe’s insole and outsole that could be printed on Shapeways’ SLS 3D printers.

The 3D printed footwear, which can be purchased on request, is sure to take the fashion world by storm.


Klemens Schillinger’s 3D printed ‘Offline’ lamp

The Tormenta 3D printed shoe might be lighting up catwalks, but Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger has created a 3D printed product that illuminates in a more literal sense: a lamp that lights up once the user relinquishes their smartphone.

Designed to encourage procrastination-free activities like reading and working, the clever Offline lamp is unlike any other lighting fixture. To turn it on, the user opens a small draw, into which a smartphone must be placed.

“The drawer is like a magical chest that requests a small object like a smartphone to be put inside,” Schillinger says.

While some smartphone-addicted folk might find the concept annoying, it’s easy to see the motivation behind this impressive 3D printed work of design. Give up your smartphone for a few hours and get “rewarded” with light—its the kind of simple encouragement we often require to switch off for a few hours.

The lamp, which fits all standard-sized smartphones, was partly inspired by hotel keycard systems that require a card to be placed into a reader in order to activate the room’s electricity.

But the lamp is also a lot more magical-looking than a regular hotel appliance, a fact reflected by the ornate brass knob and blue velvet lining to the drawer.

The base of the lamp is made from steel, but it’s actually the cool object’s lampshade that’s benefitted from 3D printing technology. The shade is 3D printed in white polyamide, which allows light to shine through while keeping the glow gentle and soft.


Mathias Bengtsson’s biomorphic 3D printed ‘Growth’ furniture

If you’re going to be reading under the glow of your new 3D printed Offline lamp, you’ll need a chair to sit in. Why not make that 3D printed too?

Danish artist and designer Mathias Bengtsson has designed a collection of “biomorphic” pieces of 3D printed furniture for the “Growth” collection, whose exhibition wraps up this week at the Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris.

The collection of highly porous, abstract-looking pieces contains items of furniture made of wood, including a walnut-colored table measuring 163 x 66 x 76 cm.

From our perspective, the most exciting items in the collection are those that have been 3D printed—a process the designer considers valuable for replicating organic forms.

Bengtsson’s 3D printed designs aren’t all new, however. Many date back several years, but the London-based designer gathered several thematically connected pieces together for his Paris exhibition.

The items include a 81 x 140 x 66 cm 3D printed titanium table (2016), a 74/42 x 82 x 64 cm 3D printed resin chair in silver (2011), and a 100 x 200 x 70 cm 3D printed bronze lounge seat (2016).

The designer is releasing a book, Growth Catalogue, documenting the partly 3D printed collection.



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