3D Printing and More @ MAD (Museum of Arts and Design), Part 1

For the past couple of years or so, I’ve heard and read about 3D printing quite often. Whether it’s making a beautiful piece of jewelry or an insanely intricate dress or a miniature figure of a common person, or fake pizza or whatever it is, the possibilities seem endless and exciting. The digital fabrication technologies could be used for something utterly useless and plain silly to something earth-shutteringly intelligent and revolutionary.

I was thrilled to finally make it to the exhibit, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle.

This exhibit explores the important role of computer-assisted methods of fabrication in fine art, design and architecture since 2005. The technologies of digital fabrication include 3D printing, computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machining and digital knitting and weaving. Thanks to these technologies, things that were very difficult or even impossible to make eight years ago, are now easily created.

I absolutely obsessed over this table by Zaha Hadid called Liquid Glacial Table, made with polished plexiglass. This was modeled using a 3D computer graphics particle system, resembling a frozen sheet of ice.

Zaha Hadid
Liquid Glacial Table, 2012

Nervous System
Hyphae Pendant Lamp, 2013

Naim Josefi
Melonia Shoe, 2011

The T/Shirt Issue
Muybridge, 2013

Stephen Jones
Bust of Lady Belhaven (after Samuel Joseph), 2011

Marc Newson
Doudou Necklace, 2009

This design is drawn from a mathematical function called a Julia set. Made with sapphires, diamonds and white gold by Boucheron.

Marc Newson
Random Pak Chair, 2006

Jan Habraken
Chairgenics, 2011-2013

Materialized Sketch of a Chandelier, 2005

This captures the gestures of freehand drawing traced in space. By combining motion capture and Rapid Prototyping, Front design members developed a method of turning freehand sketches into solid objects.

You can check out the video here. So cool.

Julian Mayor
Clone Chair, 2005

Shane Kohatsu
Vapor Laser Talon, 2013

First 3D-Printed plate in Sports. Made by Nike.

Dror Benshetrit
Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009

Created as a single piece using 3D printing with no assembly required, the Volume.MGX lamp expands from a completely flattened position.

Apparently, this was the first museum exhibit to consider the impact of digital fabrication. I think it would be very interesting if Science Museum held the exhibit on this topic as well.

This exhibit is open till the end of May, I highly recommend it. To read about some of my favorite pieces from the other ongoing exhibition at MAD, Re:Collection, please click here.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital
October 16, 2013 to June 1, 2014