Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Our label is formed by a female goldsmith and a male architect. A perfect combination for modern jewelry and an exhaustless fountain of inspiration. Our headquarters are located close to Frankfurt in Germany.
What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
The design of “odyssey” is inspired by fruit packaging. Many fragile fruits come with a net of foamed plastic which is flexible to fit different sizes. These plastic nets can be stretched, pressed and drilled. Usually this wrapper is used as a one layer tube where the fruit is just inserted, but we decided to close this tube to create amazing two-layered geometries.
As an architect I am familiar with different CAD software and 3D modeling. The main job was to close the gap in these two extremly different dimensions. For architectural visualizations the geometry has just to look nice, but for complex and filigree jewelry you need to work with a precision of 1/10 mm. For us, software is a digital pencil, one that preserves our vision and enables it to be tangibly realized.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
In the early days of rapid-prototyping there was a technology called LOM (Laminated Object Manufacturing), which I really found very interesting, because you could create very large objects with a material similar to wood. That was perfect for creating furniture. It would be great if someone like Shapeways could reinvent this technology to offer a new area of application in 3D printing.