Dress and lost luggage - 2000

“What if we were able to travel with items that could live in the “cloud” and were empowered to 3D print them once we arrived to our final destination?”

In 2000, Jiri Evenhuis and Janne Kyttanen set out to answer this question by creating a project together which was about disrupting the way we see or even need luggage in the future.

They designed the first 3D printed textiles and dress, when at that time, 5 MB was considered a large amount of data. The dress consisted out of thousands of individual particles, far exceeding the limits of slicing software, which controlled the EOS laser sintering machines, and which were used for its production.

As in many cases, art drives innovation and encourages engineers to imagine the unthinkable - both in hardware and software. These kinds of structures are now common in 3D printing and are all around us. These 3D printable textiles are part of numerous permanent museum collections, such as MOMA NYC and the Museum at FIT in NYC.

Sofa so good - 2014

Sofa So Good took 5 weeks of continuous 3D printing, making it arguably the most time consuming stereolithography 3D print ever executed. Pushing the envelope of large 3D prints and showing the end of life of existing tech. It also proved how inefficient Stereolithography was when creating such structures.

The sofa consists of just 2.5 liters of resin and is able to withstand 100 kg of pressure, which paves the way for tremendous amount of industrial applications where generative design and optimization has a bright future.

Chuck Hall invented Stereolithography process in the mid 80’s. Polymerizing resin with UV light and building 3D objects from it, is a fascinating discovery. However, ever since we are now also able to do that on full layers in a continuous fashion rather that using thin laser beams scanning structures one at a time.

Metsidian - 2014


At present we’re able to use explosions to join materials that wouldn’t naturally fuse together. What if we could control this force digitally? What kind of hybrid matter could we create? These were the questions behind the design of Metsidian.

Part rock - part architecture, a hybrid future of matter, which hadn’t existed until now. Yet another example of paving the way and how art can drive innovation.

My question for anyone reading this is “How could you create unthinkable multi-material objects through future 3D printing technologies, which don’t even exist yet?” If you need some help with this question, reach out and let’s talk 3D!

Macedonia tray - 2004

It may be hard to imagine, but 20 years ago Generative design didn’t exist. Yet, Janne Kyttanen has used these natural cell type structures ever since the beginning of his work. Only recently have these types of structures entered the industry through manufacturing and emerging generative design software. The Macedonia tray is an example of this type of design and is in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Made of Japan - Electric Tigerland by Onitsuka Tiger - 2008

Electric Tiger Land was the first global advertisement campaign to fully embrace 3D printed art as its centerpiece. Now that 3D printing is becoming more cost effective, faster and larger in scale, applications in 3-dimensional billboards and signage is starting to find a foothold. This campaign was one of the first of its kind. Built with high complexity, but with speed and still on a very low budget. The campaign executed by Amsterdam Worldwide has won numerous awards around the world such as Titanium Lion during the Cannes Advertising festival.

For a full list of museum exhibits and collections click here and for other archived projects, click here.