For Milan Design Week 2016, the institutions that support and
promote Belgian design have joined forces with the international
contemporary culture magazine DAMN° to present Belgian Matters
at Palazzo Litta: an exhibition featuring the results of pairings
between 13 designers and companies from Belgium. Each project has
been commissioned especially for the event and will be seen for the
first time during the Salone.
Unfold collaborated with Materialise, an international leader in
additive manufacturing or 3D printing. Called upon by diverse
clients across the world, from industry to artists, it’s
renowned for its software to operate 3D-printers. Unfold wanted to
spotlight a hidden gem in Materialise’s arsenal by working
with their eStage software
solution to automatically generate so called support structures
that are used in Stereolithography (curing liquid resin with a
laser). These light weight geometric structures are normally
printed together with the actual object in order to support it
during the process, but removed afterwards and discarded as
Fascinated by their aesthetic inherent to the process -very
utilitarian but also reminiscent of neo-gothic industrial
architecture and the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher- Unfold
turned things around and made them the distinct feature of a
side-table and bowl.
Simple shapes were fed into Materialise’s eStage software,
the generated support structures subsequently 3D-printed and cast
in bronze by Factum Arte, using a cutting edge process. The actual
digital 3D designs that were used to generate the support
structures were never printed. In turn they have been re-created in
more traditional materials by means of glass blowing at Ajeto
Glassworks and CNC wood milling by Modelmakerij Van Gerwen.
Skafaldo will be presented at the Milan Design Week 2016 as a part
of Belgian Matters, an exhibition concept conceived by Siegrid
Demyttenaere on behalf of DAMN° for Belgium is Design.
Belgian Matters takes part in the group event A Matter of
Perception: Tradition & Technology at the Palazzo Litta.
A Matter of Perception: Tradition & Technology
Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, Milan
Open daily : 11am-9pm
5 VIE late night: 13 April 6-11pm