3D printing & new freedom

By August 17, 2020 September 24th, 2020 GENERAL, VILLA

VILLA consists of 40 triangles, connected with star-shaped elements manufactured with a 3D printer. Although the geometry looks simple, it is very complex. It takes six different elements to connect all these triangles. I don’t know of any industrial process that could have done this in any other way, without making a lamp that immediately becomes unaffordable and unmanageable.


If you look closely, you can see that I used a 3D printer. It’s in the small, sometimes rough edges, very small deviations that seem to be alive, just like with handicrafts. No two parts are 100% alike. Of course this is also because this technique is still in its infancy. Forgive me for not wanting to wait for the perfection of this technique, otherwise I would never have been able to make VILLA.

Freedom of design

But what I like most is the freedom that 3D printing offers you within the design process. You can afford solutions that otherwise would never be possible.


However, there is also a pitfall. And that is that you keep perfecting endlessly. After all, you can make each copy a little bit different, a little bit better, more beautiful or stronger. Each product stands on its own, because the circulation is always ‘1’. They call this continuous engineering. So, you have to choose the moment it is finished and resist the temptation to keep perfecting. Because every designer knows, striving for perfection is like a strict mistress, but the idea that a product is never finished is unbearable.