French designer Audrey Large drew inspiration from digital shapes to design a collection of 3D printed sculptures that explore the relationship between our virtual and physical worlds.
The sculptures were presented at the Nilufar Gallery as part of an exhibition called Some Vibrant Things during Milan Design Week.
Big created the sculptures by drawing shapes by hand on a digital tablet, after which she 3D printed the polylactic acid (PLA) physical sculptures which aim to represent the 2D digital shapes seen on screen.
âI was thinking about how I could design objects like we design pictures,â Large told Dezeen.
Presented in iridescent tones of vivid green, yellow and purple, the sculptures have an ambiguous shape, with a liquid-like texture that resembles molten lava.
âThere is no coating or paint on the sculptures, so the color is in the material,â said the designer.
Although rendered digitally, Large explained that his sculptures also represent craftsmanship and aim to illustrate the shifting boundary between the real and the digital.
âI would say they’re pretty much handcrafted,â Large said.
“Of course, the sculptures are mostly done on a computer, but their shapes are very much linked to the dynamic movements of my hands.”
Large noted that because his physical sculptures are created from “endlessly transformable” digital files, they also suggest the possibility of transforming into something else.
Other 3D printed projects include an electric tricycle from Austrian studio EOOS that can be 3D printed from waste plastic and a 3D printed, bioplastic infused room divider.
Recent sculptures include porcelain paintbrushes from Oornament Studio which also serve as full-fledged sculptures and an underwater museum off Cannes, France, designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires which is formed from six sculptures of human faces. fractured.
Images are courtesy of Audrey Large.
Some Vibrant Things took place from September 5 to 11 at the Nilufar Gallery as part of Milan design week 2021. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events happening around the world.