Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printing at Milan Design Week 2019


Tessa Blokland  

3D printed installation of COS, Conifera, designed by Arthur Mamou-Mani.

Unlike other years I could not make it this year to Milan Design Week, which took place in early April. Nevertheless thanks to the countless posts on social media I could get an idea of what was going on in the Italian design city. Still, when it comes to 3D printing it is best to touch and see the designs in person since 3D printing has become well integrated into the design and manufacturing process. I have selected just four 3D printed projects, but I am sure I have missed many more. So feel free to share your 3D printed products and projects with us.

During the 2018 Milan Design Week you might have seen the 3D printed house, 3D Housing 05, at Piazza Cesare Beccaria. One of the architectural projects that I really wished to experience in person this year and well featured before the start of the design week, was the 3D printed installation of French architect Arthur Manou-Mani for fashion brand COS, Conifera. The installation, built in the courtyard of Palazzo Isimbardi, was created from 700 interlocking modular 3D printed bio-bricks in a mix of wood and bioplastic. 

Another big installation, a little less poetic than the previous one, was the pop-up 3d printed 3D Bar at the Isola Design District. The 3D Bar was designed by Caracol Studio and made with recovered bioplastic from the industrial waste of Flo Spa.

One of the 3D printed products I  have noticed is the 3D printed chair, TAMU, from French designer Patrick Jouin. The 3D printed chair was part of Dassault Systèmes‘ presentation at the Tortona area. The 3D printed prototype is completely foldable and made using as little material as possible.

The last products that caught my attention are the ceramic cups of UTSUÀ, initiated by Japanese company Marubun Co., Ltd from Arita with more than 100 years of history. The cups were developed with design and creative direction by DAE alumnus Tijmen Smeulders. The cup itself isn’t 3D printed, but the molds used for the production are.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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