Loewe has teamed up with Berlin-based VOJD Studios, which specialises in 3D printed luxury goods, to produce a bracelet made from a newly developed ceramics material. The design was unveiled as part of the Spanish brand’s autumn/winter 2017/18 menswear campaign shot by Steven Meisel.
Made from VOJD’s ceramics compound, a durable and flexible powder-based material processed via selective laser sintering, it is printed in one piece as an oversized interlocking chain, which then requires no assembly.
“Loewe approached us with the idea of a bracelet they really wanted to work on but couldn’t realise with other technologies because it would have been too heavy if made of metal. We managed to realise it through 3D printing in our ceramics compound – once metalised the final piece looks like metal,” VOJD Studio explains.
The company offers consulting on material, finishing and technology suitability, as well as design, development, prototyping, manufacturing and finishing. It has already worked with other fashion houses including Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera and Akris on integrating 3D printing into their collections. A big long-term focus centres around personalisation.
“3D printing is already starting to re-shape several industries, including fashion, by introducing new possibilities and concepts. Probably one of the most talked-about features of the technology is its ability to build customised and personalised pieces, since each one is printed separately and there is no mold requiring the manufacturing of a large number of identical products. In the near future, this can lead to an increased role of the consumer in the ideation and creation of the final product they desire,” the team adds.
“Besides that, 3D printing enables design solutions and complexities impossible for other technologies. This, combined with the introduction of new materials and material properties over the next years, can direct the aesthetics of the future and transform most creative industries.”