Designer Spotlight: Matthew Choto and Aniseh Kadivar

This week, we are featuring jewelry designer duo Matt and Aniseh and their lovely shop, Tigdar. Their unique designs utilize the technology of 3D printing by creating intricate and detailed designs that cannot be made by hand. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

Tigdar is a collaboration between me (Matt) and my wife (Aniseh). We’re currently based in the Greater Boston Area.

What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
We came up with the name Tigdar by blending the names of our paternal grandfathers, Tigere and Heydar who are of African and Persian decent respectively. Our work draws a lot of inspiration from both cultures’ art and design motifs but reinterpreted through the modern lens of rapid prototyping. We spend a lot of time building a visual library of inspiration (we’re addicted to pinterest!) but also try to get out into the world, especially nature, to find inspiration. We also find inspiration from the everyday life. Our first ceramic piece, a soap dish, was inspired by the frustration of having our soap dish constantly collecting water and our soap slowly turning into a soggy mess. We took advantage of 3D printing to create an open ceramic lattice framework dish that easily drains and allows for air flow to the underside of the soap.  
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I am an Industrial Designer so I was introduced to 3D printing while at the University of Cincinnati. I was fortunate to have access to an amazing rapid prototyping lab in school, but I grew frustrated working with the brittle material options. We had an eye wear project and while searching for ways to print wearable prototypes I discovered Shapeways, and in particular WSF, and the rest is history!  
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
The foundation of how I learned 3D modeling started in design school, but most of it came from self-learning while on internships or in my spare time. I am always looking for new tools to add to my arsenal and I am currently exploring parametric and generative CAD design tools as a new way to work. Also Youtube and design forums like Core77 have been great places to learn and ask questions. 
How do you promote your work?
We are still in the early stages of promoting our work, but we are starting to build our presence on the major social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. We have also have begun reaching out to local stores and online retailers that we admire as another way to get our work out there. 
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
From the design world there are so many people we admire and respect Ross Lovegrove, Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Charles and Ray Eames, Yves Behar, Dror Benshetrit,  Tinker Hatfield are some that come to mind. From the Shapeways community Joshua Harker is definitely a major inspiration. My thesis in school was on exploring this new industrial revolution of rapid manufacturing and the rise of craft scale production, and I had the fortune to do a phone interview with Joshua and talk to him about his work. He is a really talented artist/designer and super down to earth; I’m always excited to see his new projects.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?

We have been renters for a long time so definitely a house! We would love to be able to sit down, create a space on the computer, render it up with furniture and finishes, hit print and have a giant robot start laying down concrete! 

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Beautiful photography throughout entire shop; detail photos, photos of pieces on models
  • Similar designs to make for more cohesive branding
  • Great banner and logo
  • Original, simple product naming 
  • Great prices

 Thank you so much for the interview, Matt and Aniseh. We’re very excited to see more creations from you. Don’t forget to check out their whole shop. Share the social love on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest! To be featured, email aimee @ shapeways.com.

3 comments

  1. Stephanie

    Love thier work!! How beautiful!!!…Up and coming designers of the future!!!

  2. khadijeh

    Totally unique jewelry: allows you to have your own fab look. People come up to me and ask where I bought my ring. And I point them to Matt and Aniseh. They work with you to give you the look you want. Look no further. Love it!

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