An encounter with Balinese wood carvers inspired me to devise a unique 'test project' for the craftsmen. The results left me awestruck. I had always looked at 3D Printers only as production tools instead of a communication tool. Without a 3D printer it would have been impossible for me to explain the design without a physical example in their hands.
I call this my own version of the selfie or putting a new spin on the personalized business card. Nothing or no one is static as we can quickly transform organic every day objects into extraordinary simulacra of ourselves.
Onitsuka Tiger Electric Tigerland
Inspired by the dense and chaotic city life in Tokyo, my vision was to create the craziest psychedelic 3D mashup which resulted in this 1.5 meter long pulsating and glowing shoe for the Onitsuka Tigerland advertisement campaign
Augmented Reality wallpaper
The first time I laid eyes on a 3D printer every object around me transformed into wireframe. My vision was so clear that making objects by hand anymore seemed pointless. I'm developing products that trade their bulky materials for the weightless computer data of zeros and ones making distribution as easy as downloading MP3.
After a crate full of prototypes and manual vertex pulling in 3D, 6 months later I created and produced my 1597 light. Fast-forward 7 years later and now we've advanced our technology so we can easily generate the design through code in minutes.
Several years were spent designing and producing the content used to create the final mashup shoes. What's interesting to me is that every item that composes the make-up of the shoes is part of permanent museum collections around the world. By exploring new design frontiers and questioning the impossible, does 3D printing put the idea of what is permanent and what is not to question?
Food is the new frontier
I am fascinated about the connection between food design and 3D printing. Historically design used to be static, now we are quickly closing the loop regarding the limits of disposable design. For example, creating a recipe from a cookbook and the next night tweaking just a little to recreate something similar yet wonderfully different.
Catwalk Dorhout Mees F/W 2014-15 'Passage', 2014
Introducing Cubify's First Ever 3D Printed Shoes, 2013
We want to put 3D printing in every home, 2013
I started my company with a completely bogus business plan, 2013
Designer gives away blueprint to 3D print shoes, 2013
Onitsuka Tiger - Electric Tigerland Animated Film, 2008
Heineken Ideas Brewery - 48 Hours of Live Innovation - Teaser, 2012
firestarters the series: #05 Wearable technology, 2014