Tessa’s Designer Pick – Fitchwork and 3D Printing

2021-05-07

Tessa Blokland  

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This month’s designer pick is about Fitchwork, the design practice of Travis Fitch who founded the studio in 2016. Fitch is driven by an obsession with patterns, which I find amazing. He uses geometric patterns in small objects and in spaces. One of the projects I like most is Superpattern, a collection of 3D weaves applied to a range of customizable, made-to-order objects. All the objects in this collection can be 3D printed in different patterns, sizes, and materials. All the 3D printed examples below are part of the Superpattern collection.

The 3D printed vessels in this image show a close-up of one of the patterns within the Superpattern collection. Thanks to 3D printing it is possible for Fitch to create complex geometric shapes in any form possible.

The same 3D patterns can be used in lighting as you can see on the 3D printed shade of this lamp and the 3D printed pendant on the top image.

Depending on the object, Fitch can use the 3D patterns in different shapes, such as this 3D printed bracelet, which is cast from wax 3D print.

Another example is this 3D printed necklace in nylon. As you can see in the pattern of the necklace if you change the individual elements (some are bigger and smaller) in a pattern you can change the function, size, and meaning of an object.

Travis Fitch, sitting on a 3D printed seat, with his dog Charlie. If you are interested in more of Fitch’s work, please check his Instagram account. You will find even more close-ups of his pattern obsession.

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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 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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