CaCO3: Happy Future

9th April 2014

Today in Milan I was bowled over by the fantastic, thoughtful and poetic project from Thomas Vailly and Laura Lynn Jansen showing during Dutch Invertuals as part of their Happy Future exhibition.

Happy Future explores our newly gained knowledge with regard to technology and nature that allows designers and engineers to probe further into the future, exploring a new design language, new design narratives as well as create a future nature.

Working under this umbrella the CaCO3 project from Thomas and Laura epitomises this entirely.

Working with geologists, scientists and craftsmen they have explored new ways of manufacturing and creating stone objects. Rather than extracting stone from the earth and carving it to create new forms, they are taking an additive approach letting nature and man together form and create stone forms.

Using the petrification process of laying down calcified stone, they have created 3D printed structures which are then left in rivers and streams to form similarly to a stalactite over time.

What is particularly intriguing about this project is that they have been able to create different coloured stone from different rivers and have also created almost velvet like surfaces where soft crystals appear.

Working over the course of one year they have created these new fossils that sit somewhere between nature and technology.

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