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3D-printed home accessories
Prominent designers and a new product every 14 days. These are the key features of OTHR, halfway between a new design hub and a ‘factory 4.0’
‘GRID’ COLLECTION BY DUTCH DESIGNER ALISSIA MELKA-TEICHROEW. THE ROUND EDGES OF THE COFFEE CUP ARE MIRRORED IN THE SHAPES OF THE SAUCER AND SPOON. THE 3D PRINTED SET IS MADE OF WHITE PORCELAIN WITH SATIN SILVER OR 18K GOLD PLATED SPOON
THE FIRST OBJECT EVER TO BE SOLD ON THE OTHR ONLINE PLATFORM IS ICO BOTTLE OPENER BY BROOKLYIN BASED FORT STANDARD STUDIO. A THIN, BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURE TO DISPLAY, ICO HAS IMMEDIATELY BECOME A BEST SELLER. THE BRONZE ICOSAHEDRON, MADE UP OF 20 EQUILATERAL TRIANGULAR FACETS – EACH OF THEM WORKING AS AN UNUSUAL BOTTLE OPENER – EXPRESSES THE INCREDIBLE POTENTIALITIES OF THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS. IT WOULD BE SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE SUCH A METALLIC STRUCTURE BY EMPLOYING A TRADITIONAL MOLD.
LONDON BASED DESIGNER MICHAEL SODEAU REINTERPRETS THE CLASSIC BREAKFAST SET WITH A SIMPLE, FUNCTIONAL APPROACH, AS IS HIS STYLE. ‘TIME IN’ IS A PORCELAIN PLATTER HOUSING A BEAUTIFUL, 18K GOLD-PLATED TABLE KNIFE, A FUNCTIONAL, VERSATILE SOLUTION WHICH LENDS ELEGANCE TO THE MORNING RITUAL OR TEA TIME BREAK IN THE AFTERNOON. AS THE DESIGNER EXPLAINS, THE PROJECT IS BASED ON THE IDEA THAT BY EMPLOYING THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS ALMOST ANYTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED.
AESTHETICAL RESEARCH IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE NEW TORQ NUTCRACKER BY AMERICAN DESIGNER JOSH OWEN, 3D-PRINTED IN BLACK MATTE STEEL. THE OBJECT’S STRENGTH, WHICH LIES IN ITS FUNCTIONALITY, IS REAPRESENTED BY ITS FASCINATING, EFFECTIVE, VISUALLY IMMEDIATE AND ALMOST NATURAL SHAPES REMINISCENT OF THE MECHANISMS OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY UNLOCKS BOTH THE OBJECT’S USUAL FORMAL STATIC NATURE AND THE NEED FOR MOTION AND MECHANICS.
ONE OF OTHR FOUNDERS EVAN CLABOTS WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THE BEAUTY OF THE DIGITAL PRODUCTIVE PROCESS BY USING CONCAVE OBJECTS. THUS THE IPSEITY WALL HOOKS SET WAS BORN, CRAFTED IN 3D-PRINTED, POLISHED BRONZE STEEL WHICH REPRODUCES THE WOOD GRAIN, FURTHER HIGHLIGHTED BY CURVING SHAPES.
THE GENTLE LINES DESIGNED BY TODD BRACHER ARE SIMPLY STUNNING. ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE WITHOUT THE PLANNING FREEDOM OF THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS, THESE SHAPES MAKE THE TEA CEREMONY OR THE COFFEE RITUAL A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT TO BE SLOWLY ENJOYED. BUT THE KYOU SET IS ALSO SHEER FUNCTIONALITY THANKS TO ITS TWO STACKABLE SUGAR AND CREAMER VESSELS. THE BLACK MATTE VERSION OF THE SET HIGHLIGHTS THE CERAMIC MATERIAL AND ITS CONTENTS. THE ROUND SPOON IS A POETICAL EXTENSION OF THE HAND’S MOVEMENT.
EVERYTHING ELEVATED DESIGN STUDIO – WITH HEADQUARTERS IN OSLO AND NEW YORK – PRESENTS A NEW LEMON JUICER IN THREE DIFFERENT SIZES (SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE). ITS ARCHETYPICAL SHAPES ARE INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL MOVEMENT WHICH IS MADE IN THE SQUEEZING OF A FRUIT. THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS ON CERAMIC HAS OBTAINED THE DESIRED THICKNESS, WHICH WOULD BE UTTERLY UNATTAINABLE BY TRADITIONAL MANUFACTURING. IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE A STRONG GRIP, SPECIAL GROOVES HAVE BEEN ADDED
SPANISH BAMBÙ STUDIO REINTERPRETS ONE OF THE MOST TRADITIONAL KITCHEN TOOLS, THE TRADITIONAL MORTAR AND PESTLE, THROUGH THE SOFT SHAPES OF PILL, PRODUCED IN PORCELAIN BY 3D DIGITAL PRINTING PROCESS (IN THE PICTURE, ITS BLACK MATTE VERSION). THE PROJECT BLENDS SHEER FUNCTIONALITY AND REFINED AESTHETICS: AN ELEGANT VESSEL HOUSING THE PESTLE WHEN IT IS NOT USED, WHICH THUS BECOMES AN INTEGRAL PART OF THIS BEAUTIFUL, TIMELESS OBJECT
EVAN CLABOTS’S PROJECT PLAYS WITH THE IDEA OF COMBINING TWO DIFFERENT MATERIALS INTO A SINGLE FORM BY EMPLOYING THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS. IN THE DROPLET-SHAPED AQUEOUS WALL PLANTERS, WHITE PORCELAIN PROVIDES A SOFT, CONTAINING VOLUME WHILE THE POLISHED METAL PROVIDES A FUNCTIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE WALL BRACKETS.
3D-printed home objects: digital technology is the key to OTHR creations, designed by a team of prominent international designers.
The brand’s storytelling is as interesting as its catalogue, an ideal mix of aesthetical research and functionality. Founded in May 2016 by Joe Doucet, Dean Di Simone and Evan Clabots, three NY based industrial designers whose professional careers have been characterized by innovative paths, OTHR is a design hub and a ‘factory 4.0’ at the same time. Based on a new concept entirely distinguished from traditional business models which includes on demand purchase and a cutting-edge technology, this new brand is meant to be something completely different – just as its name, being an abbreviation for ‘other’, clearly explains.
Each home accessory goes into production – by a 3D printing process – exclusively after being ordered online. This results in a reduction of waste and therefore in a decrease of environmental impact. That’s not all, though: after the first 12 launched products at the start of the business, today a new item is being produced once every 14 days by new designers who subsequently joined the OTHR dream team. Such rapid developments are possible thanks to the flexibility of the digital manufacture which allows maximum planning freedom with unexpected formal solutions which would be normally unconceivable given the employed materials.
Along with each product – all of them in limited edition - OTHR gives an authenticity certificate in order to share the underlying creation process with the purchaser. It is only a starting stage, though, as the brand’s founders explain: “We are experimenting 3D printing systems even in the textile field and we are oriented to employ any innovative technology tending to develop a high-end, ‘on demand’ kind of design”.
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