Studio Aisslinger recently released a brand new furniture collection combining new high-tech applications to traditional stitching techniques. The result is the NETwork stitching furniture edition which transformed a 2-dimensional embroidered textile into 3D pop-up objects.
The latest 3D textile pop-up technology is an empirical research-result developed with a traditional German manufacturer in Plauen, a region with a long tradition in stitching and embroidery. The combination of experimental design with a hidden traditional production is always a challenge for designers and an exciting field for new concepts. Nowadays the know-how of specialized technologies is more often found in the supplying industries than in the design brands themselves.
the volumes are first translated with software into 2d projections of themselves that can be directly programmed into the machines that stitch the pattern into a carrying surface. The carrying surface is then dissolved and the embroidered 2d pattern becomes free to form a 3d object. The objects formed by the stitched honeycomb structures are fixed over a fiberglass mould and impregnated with resin in order to make them rigid and constructive.
“Since Gaetano Pesce´s UP-collection from 1969, the switch of dimensions has been a challenge for designers and design concepts. The pieces from the NETwork edition – armchairs, stools and lamps – are volumes carefully designed for later flattening with software support. The objects created are extremely light and transparent and they seem to flow in space as 3d textile meta-networks.” – werner aisslinger
gerber GmbH, Plauen, Germany
project team studio aisslinger
werner aisslinger, nicole losos, julene aguirre-bielschowsky,
verena stella gompf, johannes becker, gabriele gebert
Images courtesy of Werner Aisslinger