Tessa’s Designer Pick – Ross Lovegrove and 3D Printing

2020-01-03

Tessa Blokland  

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The start of the new year begins with a designer pick focusing on London-based Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove. What I like about his objects is the freedom of design and the use of available technologies that he applies to his work. Lovegrove has been working in design since he was 16 years old, and he has always been able to integrate new technologies into his work. In an interview with Materialise, Lovegrove said about why he chose 3D printing as a means to create his designs: “I’d be a fool not to. I’ve always been interested in it, and I’ve lived through all of these processes – I started out in school with a compass, doing engineering drawings. And when the whole idea of computational design came about, it was very difficult at the beginning. But the software and programs that developed have given rise to the way we make things.” He continued: “The products we could make like that would naturally fall into a lifecycle, so we integrate the products we make into a new ecosystem. So not only do we get fourth dimension, fourth-level era of industrialization, we get new esthetics and we get things made with only the materials we need to create a synergy with our environment. I think that’s incredible.” Here are some 3D printed products from Ross Lovegrove with a clear Lovegrove signature.

In 2018, Spanish furniture manufacturer Nagami presented a collection of 3D printed furniture during Milan Design Week. One of them was Lovegrove’s 3D printed Robotica TM stool which has heat-proof silicone inserts, meaning it can easily be adapted and used as a table as well.

In October 2019, Lovegrove designed very exclusive 3D printed metal perfume bottles in collaboration with Designer Parfums for Formula 1, on the occasion of the last race of the decade – the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019. As you can see in the images (also up top), the bottles are protected with a 3D printed structure, just like an F1 driver is protected by the structure of the car. Thanks to 3D printing, Lovegrove was able to create organic and fluid-like structures.

Another exclusive project is the 3D printed jewelry collection, Foliates, Lovegrove presented in 2013 at Design Miami. The six rings are created with processes such as direct metal laser sintering, combining 3D printing in wax with lost-wax casting to achieve the delicate surface details in 18-carat gold.

The 3D printed detail you see here is from a study on the composition and structure of human bones. Lovegrove created complex structures experimenting with 3D software to create pieces that imitate nature. In 2008, the pieces were on display at 21: 21 Gallery, as part of the Second Nature Exhibition, curated By Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.

A must-see during the Milan Design Week in 2017 was the 3D printed lighting for LG Display. Because of the use of 3D printing, it was possible to make each lamp with a freely transformable shape. This allowed them to be molded in different directions. The OLED panels created illumination across a surface rather than from one single point.

The last 3D printed object from Ross Lovegrove is a pair of 3D printed heels for United Nude. The aim of the project, initiated by United Nude, was to push the boundaries of shoe design with the latest materials and most advanced 3D printing technology. I really like this design, also in real life, it looks remarkable!

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Each of Tessa’s designer pick is a curated group of 3D printed designs or projects from one designer or design studio. If you would like to offer a designer or design studio for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed designs or projects you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest picks every week in your mailbox.

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