When it comes to architectural design, many of the methods of production and ideologies behind creations we see today are what you could call “old-fashioned.” These ideas and methodologies are passed down from generation to generation, from teachers to students, in a similar fashion to folktales. There is a reason for this; people simply don’t like change, and society usually isn’t willing to take a risk on architecture and design which takes an “outside the box” approach.
For one design studio, based in Brooklyn, New York and founded by Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed, this outside the box thinking is not something they are afraid of, and this can be seen to the nth degree in their latest project, entitled SuperMod. Simplus Design is their name, and turning the design world upside down via 3D printing, is their game.
“We’ve recently finished a 3D Printed Wall with Bre Pettis’ new company Bold Machines,” Misiurek and Lebed tell 3DPrint.com. “This is also the first project that Bold Machines is debuting from their designer residency program.”
You may recall back in September of last year, it was announced that Bre Pettis would be leaving MakerBot as CEO and moving on to take over as the head of Stratasys’ Bold Machines. There, he would be utilizing various MakerBot, Stratasys, and SolidScape 3D printers in order to initiate various projects. Since the “Margo” Film was announced back in September, a few updates that ran through December, and a whisper about a new character last month, we really haven’t heard much from Bold Machines as of late.
That is until now, as Bre Pettis, Bold Machines, and Simplus Design have unveiled a 3D printed modular and functional wall system unlike anything we have seen before. Called SuperMod, its aim is to create a “versatile aggregation of storage that is equal parts function and beauty.” As you can see in the photos provided, it appears that they had no problems reaching this goal.
The SuperMod wall features various sized modules which allow for the accommodation of various types of storage, and custom sizes. It can be used in order to break up a room in a house, or run alongside a wall, providing for a decorative look. Modules can be replaced, allowing for complete customization and various levels of privacy by altering its porosity.
The faceted 3D printed modules are designed in such a way that when struck by light they create quite an interesting look. The white modules are opaque, while the red modules are translucent, allowing just a bit of light to pass through them, and creating a beautiful display no matter what time of day it is. Each of the modules was 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer, and they range in size between 14 and 22 inches.
Simplus Design will be exhibiting this incredible creation at the 3D Print Design Show in New York City, which will be held April 16-17 (next week!), as part of the larger all-encompassing 3D Print Week NY event, by MecklerMedia. The co-founders of Simplus Design, Misiurek and Lebed, will be giving a talk as part of the MakerBot Sessions on April 17th.
What do you think about this incredible creation? Is this something you’d like to have as decor in your home? Discuss in the SuperMod forum thread on 3DPB.com.Alan Tansey Images © Alan Tansey]