Digital Explorers exhibition, London
Anthony Gormley, Tord Boontje and Committee were out in force at the opening of Digital Explorers, an exhibition of work to celebrate the opening of Metropolitan Works new £4.5million technology centre in London.
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Design Museum director Dejan Sudjic and Tom Dixon both gave speeches praising the institution’s initiative to create the centre, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects and the only space in the capital to provide technology, training and workspaces to designers, artists and engineers under one roof. “This grey and white building is the most important building in London tonight,” said Sudjic. Dixon, meanwhile couldn’t wait to start using the machines, explaining that as Metropolitan University had originally turned down his application to study when he was starting out, he might as well seize the chance to use their facilities this time around.
The exhibition features nine designs made using the state of the art digital technology housed in the space.
The Allegro Crescendo stereo speakers by Studio Tord Boontje are made with rapid prototyped insects and flowers in steel.
Michael Marriot’s Sunsum stools were made from carving a solid block of timber.
JAM collaborated with swimmer Daniel Fogg to create a new, slightly larger training kick board from his old one, using 3D scanning technology.
Timorous Beasties, well known for their subversive wallpaper and textiles, used a laser cutter to etch onto the surface of bricks.
Anthony Gormley sampled digital manufacturing for the first time using it to cut the master for his figurative sculpture – a process that usually takes up to three weeks by hand.