Monday, October 29, 2007

Materialise Map

Private First Class

For its 2007 line, MGX managing art director Naomi Kaempfer asked four designers to create an object around the theme of "Private" that challenges the company's production capabilities:

1. Detail.MGX - Dan Yeffet
2. Damned Lampshade - Luc Merx
3. Especially For You - Amanda Levete
4. Download - Ross Lovegrove

These are all remarkable pieces, especially the damned lampshade! (love saying that) The fingerprint lampshade is whimsical and at first glance appears to be an animal print (zebra?) but ends up surprising the viewer.
The damned lampshade is a throwback to classical times, while the Especially for You bowl is totally modernistic/futuristic (and I would never have known it was a bowl if the article hadn't told me).
Probably the least interesting piece to me was the Download pen, but eye-catching nonetheless.

Metropolis Articles - Arik Levy


Breaking the Mold
Using unconventional thinking and smart design processes, Arik Levy transforms everyday household objects into beautiful works of art.
By Paul Makovsky
Posted February 20, 2006

“If I hadn’t been a designer, I would’ve been a scientist,” says Arik Levy, a Paris-based industrial designer who in recent years has captured the attention of companies like Vitra, Ligne Roset, L’Oréal, and Renault. “I work like a researcher in a lab, searching for the genetic codes of materials or companies. Once I’ve decoded them, I inject my own gene in different places.” He believes that changing this “genetic code” essentially creates a new material. “I try to use materials in places they’re not normally used to give them another kind of life.”
Even though he has amassed a huge materials library over the past 15 years, Levy isn’t necessarily interested in the latest. “It’s not really about the material you use, but the way you use it,” he says, citing materials that have been around for decades, such as honeycomb and electroluminescent film, with which he has developed innovative products. “If you use a material in new ways, you’re creating a new molecule for the industry, the public, and yourself.” Metropolis asked Levy to describe the process behind his latest products.

Kaz Candlestick Holder Molding

Levy had trouble producing a mock-up by hand. He worked with glass model-making specialists in France and Germany, but the results were unsatisfactory, so he turned to 3-D software used in automobile design. “Rather than the traditional way of making and casting from a model, we made a mold for the crystal directly from a 3-D model,” he says. The designer paid particular attention to the way the mold would open. “Glass molds have very sophisticated opening abilities.” Ultimately he created a trace that conformed to the highly complex form so the mold could be split. The result is a piece with soft edges and virtually no cut lines, making the glass look as if it’s melting.

Courtesy Arik Levy/Ldesign and INTERWARE


September 2007 • Metropolis Observed
New Uniforms

­Arik Levy responds to the pervasiveness of athletic wear with a fashion-forward line for urbanites.

By David Sokol
Posted September 19, 2007

As the Korean licensee of Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, and Timberland, the clothing manufacturer Kolon has no trouble producing mainstream fashion. “They have the mechanism; they click their fingers, and another jacket comes out,” industrial designer Arik Levy says. But when the company decided to develop a more unique line of active wear, its first impulse was to look beyond the fashion set for ideas. “They said they wanted somebody who doesn’t have experience as a fashion designer,” Levy recalls, “but who would experiment with materials to develop something new.”

After being tapped for the job, Levy channeled his distaste for sporty fare—or at least its pervasiveness. Puffy winter jackets are a particular pet peeve. “One would buy a North Face jacket and go to work in the bank with it,” he says. “The problem is that you look like an astronaut.” This gear may be well suited to the Himalayas, Levy adds, but not to the temperature fluctuations of city living.

His genre-bending Transition line launched with a sleek spring/­summer collection this March in Korea. (Kolon will next introduce Transition into Chinese and Japanese markets, with European and American launches tentatively planned afterward.) Levy designed a jacket, shirt, and trousers for the debut collection, and art-directed Kolon’s in-house designers in creating the remaining 21 pieces. The garments borrow sparingly from the functional archetypes of the North Face and Patagonia, yielding a simple silhouette that falls close to the body and parlays easily between home, work, and a night out.

In Levy’s designs, the jacket features an interior waterproof pocket, and the legs of the pants are lined with a bicycle-ready reflective band that is revealed only when they are cuffed. To achieve the cleanest possible lines, the shirt is laser-cut and largely substitutes heat-sealed welding for stitching. Although extreme-weather jackets often feature waterproof strips attached this way, Levy notes that most companies don’t heat-seal seams because it requires custom welding jigs.

The clothes also respond to the conditions in which we now live, what Levy calls a “frightening” moment in history. “When you read the newspapers, not just the sports page or the furniture magazines,” he says, “you realize the needs we have are totally different from the equipment we’re given.” Made with inherently bug-repellent material, Transition T-shirts become weapons against the West Nile virus, while the trousers come with a plastic-buckle belt to help speed you through airport security.

For all Transitions’ style, details like these cement the collection as sportswear. “Take the jacket in your hands,” the designer says. “There’s so much to look at, you forget about the form.”

Levy models his sleek street-ready jacket for Kolon, which hides a watertight pocket inside.

Courtesy Alfredo Salazar

Materialise Designers

These are my favorites.....innovative, extraordinary shapes......

Designed by Dan Yeffet 'Jelly Lab'
Technique: SLA
Material: Epoxy Colour: dark brown, grass green (or other by request)
Models available:Small: Ø 180mm, H 23mm
Medium: Ø 195mm, H 255mm
Large: Ø 225mm, H 305mm

Dan was born in 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel. He worked as a freelance designer in the Netherlands before opening his own design studio - Jellylab - which is now located in Paris. Dan describes himself as an explorer and an adventurer.

Designed by Arik Levy
Technique: SLA
Material: epoxy
Colour: Black honey
Models available: Curved: H 114 x 396 x 403mm
Flat: H 54 x 402 x 403mm
Small Curved: H 73 x 273 x 275mm

Arik Levy was born in Tel Aviv in 1963. He graduated with distinction in Industrial Design from the Art Centre Europe in Switzerland in 1991. He taught at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle and Les Ateliers Paris from 1992 until 1994. He has won numerous awards and is currently Partner and Creative Director of LDesign in Paris, a company active in prospective studies in industrial design, product development, light design, corporate identity, packaging and display, interiors and exhibition design, as well as stage design.

Designed by Patrick Jouin
Technique: SLS
Material: Polyamide (nylon)
Colour: white
Dimensions folded position: length 650 mm * diam 110 mm
Dimensions seating position: heigth 400 mm * diam 320 mm

'For the first time in history, a kinetic, integrated, functional design piece has been produced in a single, non-assembled unit. This functional piece of furniture, including all moving parts, was produced in one piece by the Rapid Prototyping technique known as Selective Laser Sintering.'

A former artistic director for fellow French designer Philippe Starck, Jouin opened his own studio in Paris in 1998. His firm, which has designed a range of products from lighting and furnishings to electronics, is known for their experience with the latest industrial design techniques including rapid prototyping and gas injection. In addition to product design, Jouin’s other work includes designs for manufacturer exhibition spaces and hospitality interiors, including the Chlösterli restaurant in Gstaad, Switzerland and the Mix Las Vegas restaurant.

Designed by Janne Kyttanen
Technique: SLS
Material: polyamide (nylon)
Colour: white
Design: chrome coated, stainless steel

Janne Kyttänen, born in Finland in 1974, began experimenting with Rapid Manufacturing technology to produce prototypes for new products. Janne founded his company, Freedom Of Creation (FOC), in Helsinki in 2000 and in 2002 started FOC in its current form in Amsterdam while using Materialise's machines to produce rapid manufactured lights. This collaboration led to the new Materialise MGX department, which presented its first collection of designer lampshades manufactured with 3D printing techniques at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2003. The collection promptly won the Blueprint Best Newcomer Award at the 2003 100% Design Show in London.

Janne's company produces unique light designs and interior accessories in highly complex and intricate forms and its endless experimenting and research into material applications has resulted in the production of rapid manufactured fabrics made up of thousands of tiny, interlocking pieces.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Embodied Sympathy

So, the craftsperson imagines what people need and then makes objects that fulfill those needs. Her work is beneficial.

I agree that art is what feels right. Thinking first about your subject and your intentions, and then of line, size, shape, form, color, rhythm, texture, dimension, light .... sifting through all the elements of composition and design to find what feels right.

Treating the subject.....hmmmm. Interpretation requires learning our own feelings, as well as how to express them....intensely studying our feelings, becoming intimately acquainted with them, coming to grip with them. It requires awareness, overcoming preconceptions, observation and allows us to appreciate the beauty of things previously overlooked,and to discover (or uncover) new relationships, to delight in them.

Embodied sympathy involves a resonation with others' psychological and emotional states and creating to express and/or alter those reach out and understand....and by experiencing the creation (useful object, adornment or visual art) be touched by it, possibly transformed by it, hopefully helped by it (treated??)

Embodied sympathy is a two-way street between the artist and the subject. It flows nicely into the social implications of art, social design, etc.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Favorite Words


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Floating Scarves

My Droog design, floating scarves, uses recycled soda cans to combine functionality with aesthetics. Designed into a free-form metal sculpture and made to hang on the wall in a 3-dimensional fashion (sticking out from the wall about 1 inch), scarves of various patterns and colors are interwoven throughout flowing lines of sculpture.

Basically a hanging scarf holder, this design stands on its own as a great wall sculpture. It transforms into ever-changing possibilities with the addition of a scarf or scarves needing to be stored. Rather than hiding them away in a drawer or closet, this design allows the accessories to be viewed as pieces of art, in their own right.

The design lends itself to change - both change in the substance of the display (by changing out the scarves on any given whim) and in the perspective of the viewer (who is looking outside the box and admiring recycled soda cans and accessory clothing as decorateve home interior design)

I plan to cut up the aluminum cans to create small rectangular shapes which I will texture and then rivet together to form an abstract grid. I know this sounds confusing so by the end of the day I hope to have my sketches posted up and hopefully some photos of maquettes.

Crafty Bastards

This past Sunday I went to the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair. Awesome doesn't even describe it. It was sponsored by the Washington City Paper, Washington D.C.'s alternative free weekly paper. The fair was held in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. There were over 100 booths set up outside with many one-of-a-kind crafts, from hand-made jewelry to clothing of all sorts and kinds to distinctive artwork and toys.

The weather was perfect and the crowds were thick. I really enjoyed seeing seeing Annie, Juliet and Megan's booths - they were definitely "best of show." I even bought one of Megan's rings and a pair of earrings that I love love love!

There were also entertainment and craft workshops going on throughout the day. I enjoyed the community break dancing contest, which I have a video of that I hope to upload onto my blog soon. It really added to the grassroots earthy feel of the fair. I've never been to a craft fair before so this was quite an experience. Being there with Jan and her experienced eye and running commentart made it possible for me to "Get Awesomized!" (as recommended in the fair's program).

Here are some of the designers that caught my eye...