Materialise at the World’s Greatest Museum of Art and Design

A selection of 3D printed objects, manufactured by Belgium’s own Materialise, will be on display throughout the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the London Design Festival which runs from the 17th till the 25th of September, 2011.

Curated by the world-renowned Murray Moss, the exhibition will show a range of 3D printed objects produced at Materialise’s Belgian headquarters and created by both established and up-and-coming artists, architects, and designers working in the UK, USA, France, The Netherlands and Denmark. Designers include Stephen Jones, Patrick Jouin, Iris van Herpen, and many others, Several of the works to be shown have already been acquired by leading museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Murray Moss has this to say about the exhibition “We are witnessing an ‘Industrial Revolution 2.0’.

Radical advances in digital and laser technologies, initiated by industry leader Materialise, Belgium, and applied to what is currently referred to as Additive Manufacturing, allow for the three-dimensional ‘printing’ of objects, a sophisticated fabrication process once reserved for prototyping but which is quickly becoming ubiquitous and is profoundly permeating all areas of our contemporary material world, including fashion and domestic furnishings, as well as transportation, medicine, and architecture.

To emphasize the ‘viral’ nature of this Revolution, I have commissioned eight designs from the worlds of fashion and furnishings – all sponsored and produced by Materialise – which were chosen because they respond directly to corresponding masterworks in the Museum’s collection, and/or to prominent locations within the V&A, which I have visited regularly over the past 50 years. My aim was to initiate little ‘narratives’ – some of which I hope will amuse – between certain of the Museum’s historical holdings and these ‘futuristic’ contemporary objects, not only shedding new light on the Museum’s collection, but, in the process, demonstrating the wide reach of these new technologies.”

The excitement is shared by Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen, who states, “It is a great honor for us at Materialise to be so involved in the V&A’s first exhibition dedicated entirely to 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) and we are proud to be recognized for our expertise in this industry. We truly believe that this technology has the potential to make the world a better and healthier place, and we have made it our mission to make this a reality. We expect the technology to change design, production, distribution and consumption radically.”

Murray Moss’s New York City gallery, Moss (www.mossonline.com), is renowned for its promotion of established and cutting edge design and has been labelled the ‘best design store in the world’ by The International Herald Tribune. He has a long relationship with Materialise, offering many of their works through his celebrated gallery. It is thanks to Materialise’s patented Mammoth machines, the world’s largest stereolithography machines, that larger designs, such as the Fractal.MGX which is featured in the exhibition, can be produced in a single piece.

For more information, visit:  www.londondesignfestival.com

Photo Credits: Thomas Duval, Stephane Briolant, Iris Van Herpen, Michel Zoeter, Petrovski & Ramone, Stephen Jones

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