Dutch Designers Create Rugs Using 3D Printing/
Ali Morris | 21 September 2018
Four studios are presenting very different floor coverings in a Dutch design showcase at London Design Festival, demonstrating a range of innovative techniques and technologies. Colourful geometric rugs 3D-printed from polyamide fibers, and blankets and rugs made using a bespoke giant loom are just a few of items on show at Dutch Stuff. The exhibition, which forms part of the London Design Fair in the Old Truman Brewery, features the work of 25 studios based in the Netherlands.
Among the four rug designers featured in the show is Eindoven-based Studio Plott, founded by designers Rudi Boiten and Mireille Burger. Their project called Crossing Lines, is a series of colourful triangular and lozenge-shaped mesh rugs that feature geometric patterns. Available in 10 colours, the rugs are 3D-printed from polyamide fibre.
"The designs are a clear visualisation of our fascination with technology, traditional craft, geometric pattern, colour and shape," explained the designers.
"Each pattern has its own playful interplay of lines where the open mesh arrangements and bright colours create a visual dialogue between the rugs and their underlying surfaces."
Boiten and Burger are 2014 graduates of Design Academy; they founded the studio upon leaving the school. Together they have investigated the possibilities of digitally printed geometric patterns and surfaces, converting traditional techniques such as stitching, weaving and knitting to more modern technologies. They create their own machines to fabricate the textiles, depending on the needs of each project.
The Crossing Lines rugs do not look particularly as though they have been 3D printed; they could easily be mistaken for handmade items. They do, however, have a very modern look with their asymmetrical shapes. Several of the rugs can be put together to form new patterns, although most of them are large enough to be statement pieces on their own, as well.
The 3D printed Crossing Lines rugs are available from Studio Plott’s shop, starting at €950.
Studio Simone Post presents carpets she made for high-end wax-printed fabrics brand Vlisco, using leftovers and misprints.Meanwhile, Nina van Bart is showing a series of rugs developed in collaboration with Dutch brand Carpet Sign using a new 3D-tufting technique.
Many of the other products showcased in Dutch Stuff also feature innovative techniques and digital tools. Some of the materials the studios are exploring include chipboard and repurposed industrial waste plastic, while techniques include marquetry made using computer programs and dyeing processes.
The showcase forms a continuation of last year's Dutch Stuff, where the work of more than 60 Dutch collectives, studios and independent designers was exhibited. The show organizers believe that this year's more refined offering will provide the exhibited work with more "space to breathe".