Tactility isn’t usually the first association that jumps to mind when seeing a 3D printed object. Although the printing technology has already infiltrated fashion and design scenes, the outcomes of the process generally pursue a futuristic aesthetic which does not align with daily life. In response, Rudi Boiten and Mireille Burger of Studio Plott set out to add a human touch to the technology’s creations. The duo brings traditional textile-forming techniques – such as stitching, weaving and knitting – into the present-day process by translating them into patterns that can be read by a specially developed printing device. Treating the machine’s thin plastic  excrements as yarn, the designers employ 3D printers to craft tactile home textiles with graphic flair. Due to the fabric’s open mesh arrangement, the products dialogue with underlying surfaces, such as floors. The overlapping of different patterns, colours and surfaces lets the innovative textiles become multi-dimensional.

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  • Studio Plott (until 2018)