by Paul Armstrong
Nestled away from the world’s first 3D-printed car and stem cells at this year's 3D Printshow in London was Stilnest, a selective digital art and 3D printing collective that launched their site globally as we chatted with them. "We want to create a whole new ecosystem around design," says Stilnest co-founder, Tim Bibow. "We’re hand-picking and supporting designers to become the new rockstars.”
In essence, Stilnest is as much about selection as it is creation; to this end the collective employs two full-time curators to create exclusive deals with the "best, brightest and most burgeoning talent” for its store. Bibow explains, "Should everybody design products because there is 3D printing? No. It's time to get a bit more serious about 3D printing and to see the cultural potential and the beauty of digital manufacturing." With designers from all over the world as diverse as Owen Buck (London), Tom Dekyvere (Belgium), Dario Scapitta (Netherlands) and Fairina Cheng (Australia) each pushing the boundaries of materials such as macromolecular granulate and silver, the future remains unclear, but very exciting.
While they remain tight-lipped on specifics as they fully enter the accessories market, the company is set to move to Berlin shortly where "thinking in systems" will be the method. This approach was seen in their recent Cuckoo Project, which gathered five artists to create a 3D version of the classic timepiece.
Limited edition pieces are available for purchase at the Stilnest online store, starting from €40.
Images courtesy of Stilnest