This week we are highlighting Sylvain Georget, a French designer residing in Amsterdam who turns his illustrations into 3D printed products to share with the world!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Sylvain Georget and I am a French designer based in Amsterdam. I graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie following which I started working as a freelance product designer and illustrator.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Most of my designs are drawing inspired. I am a compulsive drawer and have filled more than 30 books in the past few years. For me, it’s an important “database” and link between idea and physical object. 3D modeling and printing for me have been more of an “in between” of design process and easy prototyping. I am mostly inspired by buildings and architecture but have a strong focus on product designs. I am a story teller and love to tell stories through my creations.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I have been working with Shapeways and 3D printing for around 3 years now, which I used to work with when I was still at art academy. It has been a great tool to push my creations forward and make a step in my design process.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I learned 3D modeling 5 years ago when I was a product design student in the north of France. I basically started with Solidworks and then started experimenting with Maya Autodesk and finally with Rhino, which I use today. I had a few 3D modeling courses but I learned the most by way of personal or commissioned projects.

How do you promote your work?
I promote my work mainly through social networks, which I found nowadays a sure way to share my creations. I am occasionally exhibiting my works to get exposure on various events, public or professional. Shapeways has been giving me some exposure by pushing me to show my creations at events like Dutch Design Week, STRP Festival, 3D Print Show, etc.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
There are a lot to be found on Shapeways, from gadget to great designs, so it was hard to make a selection: Ryan Kittleson‘s sandstone models and characters, Theo Jansen‘s marvelous self standing machines, Ittyblox’s city dioramas.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I would definitively make full scale furniture! As product designer, this is something I’d love to do. I’m sure that merging my modeling with furniture would create nice products.


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Thanks so much, Sylvain! Keep up the great work. Don’t forget to check out his shop and follow along on Sylvain’s website and Facebook. To be featured, email aimee @