To Milan and Beyond…

 

This week apt.Design looks to Milan Design Week 2018 for the latest design happenings. Milan Design Week is known for presenting the latest in design technological innovation and this year it did not disappoint.

 

Phillipp Aduatz x incremental3d

 

Here at apt.Design we love all things 3D printing so we were excited to see architects and designers alike incorporating this technology into their work. First up product designer Phillipp Aduatz collaborated with Austrian start-up incremental3d to present a 3D printed concrete chair titled The Digital Chaiselongue. 

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Image from: https://www.incremental3d.eu

Speaking in an article for designboom Aduatz explains the process:

‘For its production, a negative mold was first 3D printed from concrete. Afterward, the complete geometry was printed in less than one hour onto the cast. To provide sufficient tensile strength, carbon fibers are inserted in sensitive areas. The seating area was finished using a UV-resistant polyurethane coating in delicate handcraft. This should demonstrate that craft and digital technologies can coexist for the purpose of innovation in the 21st century in harmony.’ (designboom)

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Image from: https://www.incremental3d.eu

This innovative process of 3D concrete printing is a triumph for a partnership between design and technology. Check out incremental3d on youtube to see the process for The Digital Chaiselongue.

 

This year at Milan Design Week there was a distinct feeling of looking to the future of design and we picked up on references to life on the moon.

 

Driade x Studio Nucleo

 

Italian furniture brand Driade collaborated with Studio Nucelo to create 3D printed versions of some of the brands most iconic pieces in order to be suitable for future life on the moon.

Classic Driade pieces reinterpreted for the moon by Studio Nucleo

Image from: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/04/14/driade-studio-nucleo-moon-mission-milan-design-week/

Classic Driade pieces reinterpreted for the moon by Studio Nucleo

Image from: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/04/14/driade-studio-nucleo-moon-mission-milan-design-week/

Classic Driade pieces reinterpreted for the moon by Studio Nucleo

Image from: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/04/14/driade-studio-nucleo-moon-mission-milan-design-week/

Speaking to Dezeen they stated, ‘we agreed that outdoor furniture for the moon or Mars was something capable of producing wonder while keeping a relationship with the past, so they created these astonishing homage artworks.’

The collaboration reinterpreted bestselling designs at Driade, by Philippe Starck, Naota Fukusawa and Enzo Mari.

 

3D Housing 05

 

Thinking on a larger scale, respected architect Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti presented a 3D printed house at Milan Design Week. Asked where he envisaged the house being built in the future Locatelli replied, ‘Everywhere and anywhere, even on the moon.’ (Treehugger)

exterior finished

Image from: https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/3d-printed-house-displayed-milan-design-week.html

The house is built with a Cybe mobile 3D concrete printer, made up on 35 modules each printed in 60 – 90 minutes, meaning the full house was printed in 48 hours.

Guglielmo Carro, Europe Material Consulting Lead at Arup, the company working with Locatelli on this project, said of it:

We are at Salone del Mobile to build momentum. We need to make a major shift in the way the construction industry operates, away from today’s ‘make, use, dispose’ mentality. We’ve shown with this building that 3D printing technology is now advanced enough to take on more complex structures, and design buildings to be repurposed or reused at the end of their life. This technology is critical to helping our industry become far more accurate, efficient and less wasteful. (Arup)

 

ÉCAL Digital Market

 

Taking a different perspective on the potential of 3D printing students from the Swiss University ÉCAL set up a pop-factory titled ÉCAL Digital Market to explore the manufacturing process through 3D printing design objects on demand and therefore disrupt the design industry.

Image from: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/04/19/ecal-students-mass-production-3d-printing-milan-design-week-exhibition/

Speaking to Dezeen Christophe Guberan, the project curator stated:

‘The intention was to work with 3D printers in the scale of mass production…I think that 3D printing has been democratised a lot – but what we wanted was to work on was rapid production…We wanted to focus on having something as large scale as possible, a printing farm to get away from this fascination of 3D technology.’ (Dezeen)

ECAL digital market at Milan Design week 2018

Image from: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/04/19/ecal-students-mass-production-3d-printing-milan-design-week-exhibition/

The digital files of all the objects exhibited can be purchased online www.ecal-digital-market.ch and after all this talk of 3D printing, we’ll definitely be giving this a go with our own 3D printer!