Studio Aisslinger has presented the NETwork project in Milan, a transformation of 2-dimensional embroidery into a pop-up furniture object.
The project is a combination of the application of new high technologies to traditional stitching techniques and a collection of edited textile objects. Since Gaetano Pesce's UP-collection from 1969, the switch of dimensions has been a challenge for designers and design concepts.
The pieces of the 'NETwork - stitching furniture 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.
This 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.