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16 Mind-Blowing Designs That Digital Fabrication Made Possible

3-D printed dresses, Laser Vapor Talon shoes, and a Twisted Dump Truck: Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, a new exhibit at MAD, presents the work of 80 cutting-edge digital-dependent artists.

  • <p><em>Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital</em> opens today at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, featuring over 80 digital-dependent artists. (Apparently we're already <em>post</em>-digital--if you haven't caught up with digital yet, just skip it.) <em>Self-Portrait/Five Part, 2009</em>. Chuck Close. Jacquard Tapestry, digital weaving.</p>
  • <p>This cream of the futuristic crop challenges our assumptions about what's possible in art, design, architecture, fashion, sculpture, furniture, and transportation, and anticipates the next chapter.<br />
<em>Untitled (5)</em>, 2008<br />
Richard Dupont <br />
Pigmented cast-polyurethane resin<br />
Courtesy of Cheryl Gold</p>
  • <p><em>Out of Hand</em> is the first major museum exhibit to focus exclusively on the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by the advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. <br />
<em>Rapid Racer</em>, 2011<br />
Andreas Schulz , Barbara Kotte, Johannes Zäuner, Rebecca Wilting, and Nicolas Eggert<br />
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)<br />
Courtesy of HAWK</p>
  • <p>The Nike Vapor Laser Talon cleat, 2013. The shoe has the first 3-D printed plate and is designed to make you run like a velociraptor. <br />
Shane Kohatsu<br />
Synthetic thermoplastic polyurethane textile upper, cubic dipped and painted nylon plate; laser sintering</p>
  • <p>Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial "Smoke" coffee table (2012) is designed to mimic water. It looks like it could dissolve into a puddle at any second.<br />
Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher<br />
polished plexiglass<br />
Courtesy of David Gill Galleries Ltd.</p>
  • <p>The exhibition, on view until July 6, 2014, is supplemented by in-gallery interactive stations, workshops, lectures, and a series of master classes featuring the exhibited designers and technology. Here, the Bone armchair, 2008, 3-D printed in one smooth piece. <br />
Joris Laarman<br />
Cast marble resin<br />
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and the artist</p>
  • <p><em>K.179, 2011</em><br />
Frank Stella<br />
Epoxy resin, stainless steel tubing, lacquer<br />
Courtesy FreedmanArt, New York</p>
  • <p>The <em>Twisted Dump Truck</em>, 2011, fuses Gothic cathedral architecture with the design of a truck swerving off the road. <br />
Wim Delvoye<br />
Nickel-plated lasercut steel <br />
Courtesy of Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad/St. Moritz</p>
  • <p>Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009<br />
Dror Benshetrit<br />
Polyamide; laser sintering Made by .MGX by Materialise</p>
  • <p>Hyphae lamps, 2011<br />
Nervous System <br />
Series of arboreal pendant lamps<br />
Nylon, Laser Sintering<br />
Courtesy of Nervous System</p>
  • <p>Rapidprototypedshoe, 2010<br />
Marloes ten Bhömer<br />
Photopolymer<br />
Courtesy of Marloes ten Bhömer</p>
  • <p>Brain Wave Sofa, 2010, 3-D printed from an image of a brain scan. <br />
Lucas Maassen and Unfold<br />
Polyurethane foam, felt, wood, computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling</p>
  • <p>Clone chair, 2005<br />
Julian Mayor <br />
Plywood</p>
  • <p><em>Bust of Lady Belhaven (after Samuel Joseph)</em>, 2011<br />
Stephen Jones <br />
Epoxy resin, nylon; stereolithography, laser sintering</p>
  • <p><em>Oh Void 1</em>, 2006<br />
Ron Arad<br />
Acrylic<br />
Courtesy of Friedman Benda</p>
  • <p>ML622254434732323, 2012<br />
Christopher Bathgate <br />
Aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, brass; computer numerical control (CNC) milling</p>
  • 01 /16

    Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital opens today at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, featuring over 80 digital-dependent artists. (Apparently we're already post-digital--if you haven't caught up with digital yet, just skip it.) Self-Portrait/Five Part, 2009. Chuck Close. Jacquard Tapestry, digital weaving.

  • 02 /16

    This cream of the futuristic crop challenges our assumptions about what's possible in art, design, architecture, fashion, sculpture, furniture, and transportation, and anticipates the next chapter.
    Untitled (5), 2008
    Richard Dupont
    Pigmented cast-polyurethane resin
    Courtesy of Cheryl Gold

  • 03 /16

    Out of Hand is the first major museum exhibit to focus exclusively on the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by the advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication.
    Rapid Racer, 2011
    Andreas Schulz , Barbara Kotte, Johannes Zäuner, Rebecca Wilting, and Nicolas Eggert
    Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
    Courtesy of HAWK

  • 04 /16

    The Nike Vapor Laser Talon cleat, 2013. The shoe has the first 3-D printed plate and is designed to make you run like a velociraptor.
    Shane Kohatsu
    Synthetic thermoplastic polyurethane textile upper, cubic dipped and painted nylon plate; laser sintering

  • 05 /16

    Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial "Smoke" coffee table (2012) is designed to mimic water. It looks like it could dissolve into a puddle at any second.
    Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
    polished plexiglass
    Courtesy of David Gill Galleries Ltd.

  • 06 /16

    The exhibition, on view until July 6, 2014, is supplemented by in-gallery interactive stations, workshops, lectures, and a series of master classes featuring the exhibited designers and technology. Here, the Bone armchair, 2008, 3-D printed in one smooth piece.
    Joris Laarman
    Cast marble resin
    Courtesy of Friedman Benda and the artist

  • 07 /16

    K.179, 2011
    Frank Stella
    Epoxy resin, stainless steel tubing, lacquer
    Courtesy FreedmanArt, New York

  • 08 /16

    The Twisted Dump Truck, 2011, fuses Gothic cathedral architecture with the design of a truck swerving off the road.
    Wim Delvoye
    Nickel-plated lasercut steel
    Courtesy of Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad/St. Moritz

  • 09 /16

    Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009
    Dror Benshetrit
    Polyamide; laser sintering Made by .MGX by Materialise

  • 10 /16

    Hyphae lamps, 2011
    Nervous System
    Series of arboreal pendant lamps
    Nylon, Laser Sintering
    Courtesy of Nervous System

  • 11 /16

    Rapidprototypedshoe, 2010
    Marloes ten Bhömer
    Photopolymer
    Courtesy of Marloes ten Bhömer

  • 12 /16

    Brain Wave Sofa, 2010, 3-D printed from an image of a brain scan.
    Lucas Maassen and Unfold
    Polyurethane foam, felt, wood, computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling

  • 13 /16

    Clone chair, 2005
    Julian Mayor
    Plywood

  • 14 /16 | KENT PELL, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury and Company

    Bust of Lady Belhaven (after Samuel Joseph), 2011
    Stephen Jones
    Epoxy resin, nylon; stereolithography, laser sintering

  • 15 /16

    Oh Void 1, 2006
    Ron Arad
    Acrylic
    Courtesy of Friedman Benda

  • 16 /16

    ML622254434732323, 2012
    Christopher Bathgate
    Aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, brass; computer numerical control (CNC) milling

Artists' mediums have evolved dramatically since the days of ye olde paint brushes and pencils. It won’t before long before art school curricula include 3-D printing, CNC machining, and digital knitting (grandmas of the future unite). Until now, no major museum exhibit has focused exclusively on the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by the advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication.

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital opens today at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. (Apparently we're already post-digital — if you haven't caught up with digital yet, just skip it.) Organized by MAD curator Ron Labaco, this ambitious exhibition presents the work of more than 80 international designers and artists, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine. This cream of the futuristic crop challenges our assumptions about what's possible in art, design, architecture, fashion, sculpture, furniture, and transportation, and anticipates the next chapter.

Ron Arad, Oh Void 1, 2006 Credit: Erik and Petra Hesmerg

On view is Softkill Design’s prototype for a 3-D printed house, which, the designers say, is "not that far off" from becoming a reality. Zaha Hadid’s "liquid glacial smoke coffee table" mimics cloudless water, adorned with frozen whirlpools connected to icicle-like legs. It appears on the verge of dissolving into a puddle at any second. Nike’s Vapor Laser Talon cleat sounds like it’s from Star Wars and might as well be; it’s made by Selective Laser Sintering technology, uses the sport’s first 3-D printed plate—the bottom part of the shoe that includes the cleats—and is designed to make you run like a velociraptor. Lucas Maassen and Unfold’s wiggly Brainwave Sofa, modeled after a brain scan, fuses modern neuroscience breakthroughs with digital fabrication. Other highlights include Chuck Close’s digitally woven self-portraits; Wim Delvoye’s gothic-cathedral inspired Twisted Dump Truck; and Iris Van Herpen’s 3-D printed "digital escapism" dresses.

The exhibition, on view until July 6, 2014, is supplemented by in-gallery interactive stations, workshops, lectures, and a series of master classes featuring the exhibited designers and technology.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / MAGNOLIA EDITIONS; 02 / RICHARD DUPONT; 03 / JOHANNES ROLOFF; 04 / NIKE; 05 / JACAPO SPILIMBERGO ; 06 / JON LAM; 07 / ©2013Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS); 08 / STUDIO WIM DELVOYE; 09 / MGX MATERIALISE; 10 / JESSICA ROSENKRANTZ ; 11 / MARLOES TEN BHOMER; 12 / LUCAS MAASSEN/UNFOLD; 13 / JULIAN MAYOR/TOPAZ LEUNG; 15 / ERIK AND PETRA HESMERG; 16 / CHRIS BATHGATE;

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