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The Italian design house Maison 203, which specializes in creating contemporary 3D printed jewelry, has recently released its first entirely 3D printed clutch, known as Armure. Designed by the renowned Odo Fiorvanti, who has collaborated with Maison 203 in the past, the clutch was inspired by the fruit of the cypress tree: smooth, rounded scales appear to hover or ‘float’ over the inner sphere, much like a small pinecone (or, as the title suggests, a suit of armor.)
Described as a crossover between geometrical shapes and organic structures, the clutch is both a technological achievement and fashion-forward work of art. Printed entirely in sintered nylon, each scale is separated only by thin gaps, creating an elegant, eye-catching surface. In addition, the clutch features a thin chain that can be worn over the shoulder, and a magnetic opening that is cleverly hidden by the upper plates. The end result is a functional purse that can protect your personal belongings, yet looks like a perfectly seamless shell.
“The two overlapping layers create a depth effect, and the clutch is reinforced by this gentle elastic amour, a sort of exoskeleton made possible by the versatility of the 3D print,” said Fiorvanti, winner of the 2011 Compasso d’Oro and 2014 German Design Award.
3D printing has allowed designers like Fiorvanti to find inspiration in all aspects of life and transform them into elegant, artistic, and perfectly executed wearables. Take for example two of his other collaborations with Maison 203: the Bern ring, which was inspired by the map of the Swiss city seen from above, and Sydney, another ring inspired this time by the Sydney Opera House, with overlapping arcs creating a rich, multi-dimensional surface. “We work in many different areas of industrial design, always searching an original point of view about the future of industrial products and goods,” said the artist in his statement. “We usually say that 'form does matter.' It means that the delicate beauty of objects is our goal and their form is the language we use to bring beauty to all the people.”
Maison 203 is also no stranger to unique capabilities of 3D printing, particularly when it comes to creating memorable aesthetic designs. Since 2013 when we first covered their MYBF (My Best Friend) line of 3D printed jewelry, designer-duo Orlando Fernandez and Lucia De Conti have gone on to dramatically expand their brand, adding numerous collections and working with a variety of renowned designers. Their web shop displays everything from bracelets to brooches, and even a men’s line, all 3D printed in nylon or PLA, and at affordable prices.
With MYBF, Maison 203 made its first appearance during Maison&Object Paris, and they have come full circle with Armure, which is currently on display at the 2015 Maison&Objet trade fair for interior design, taking place from September 4-8. The clutch is available in black, nude, bordeaux and night blue, and will be availble for purchase as part of their Fall-Winter collection.
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