Design debut: Wallpaper* invites five individuals from its global talent pool of artists and designers to test the Sprout by HP
The integration of breakthrough technology and innovation - that’s the genius of Sprout by HP, the ultimate creative space. Blending the physical and the digital, Sprout lets you work in the tangible, tactile world we live in. Easily capture, seamlessly manipulate and share whatever inspires you. Ideas and concepts are communicated and modified between artists and clients in real time. Reimagine what you can do. Drawing on the magazine’s global talent pool of artists and designers, Wallpaper* personally invited five individuals from four different creative disciplines to try it out…
A former fashion stylist, German-born Amélie Riech rebooted her career in 2008 with her Uncommon Matters jewellery brand, using simple, abstract shapes. After collaborating for two years with Paco Rabanne, her latest collection – entitled NIV – marks her return to Uncommon Matters full time. Her latest pieces deliver a bold, architectural, unisex message designed to appeal to those who love both Donald Judd and Céline.
W*: Talk us through your working day. How does it start? Where do you work?
We have our studio in the centre of Berlin. I’m an early bird and I enjoy the walk to the studio when the city is still calm and empty.
W*: How much does technology impact on your creative process? How much time do you spend using pen and paper… and how much time using a computer? Do you use 3D imaging/rendering programs? 3D printing?
I constantly make small sketches and notes, but when it comes to designing we work directly with 1:1 mock-ups made from paper, metal, Styrofoam etc. Technology in my work is a tool for detailed specification, production and communication. We use 3D programs for detailed technical drawings and 3D printing for pieces that cannot be made by hand.
W*: How did you find your HP Sprout experience? Was it easy to use?
Very easy. The interface is simple and the handling very intuitive.
W*: How did you feel about abandoning the conventional mouse-operated interface?
It was a great experience to work with the big touch screen and the pad just using your fingers – it’s a very sensual and mobile way of working.
W*: In your line of work, how do you think Sprout would be best employed?
I think it will make my day-to-day business more efficient, and the 3D scanner will help plan final proportions etc.
W*: How was the instant video link facility, where you can initiate and manipulate collaborative ideas in real time?
I travel a lot and collaborate with people in many different places, so this is the perfect tool to be able to work together over a long distance.
W*: What are you working on right now?
I am preparing my new collection which will be presented with Vogue Italia in Milan, and I am flying to Geneva today to hold my workshop in ‘precise poetry’.