Daniel Widrig founded his studio in London after graduating from the Architectural Association, and he went on to work for renowned architect and designer, Zaha Hadid, where he was involved in designing some of Hadid's most iconic buildings and products.
Now out on his own, Widrig works in a broad range of fields which include sculpture, fashion, furniture design and architecture and he's considered to be among the vanguard in the world of digital art and design.
The artist and designer recently debuted his Kinesis Collection at Design Miami, a set of 3D printed wearable sculptures which look a bit like an exoskeleton. The Kinesis collection is an exploration of the possibilities of creating customized, 3D printed products derived from a scan of the wearer's body.
"We've been working with body related objects for a while now," Widrig said. "We originally worked with mannequins which we sculpted ourselves based on standard model sizes. We wanted to go a step further this time and create customized objects that literally merge with the human body."
According to Widrig, the parameters of the human body require special attention that mass-production techniques just can't provide.
"Every body is unique and has its individual oddities," Widrig said. "3D scanning is the only way to manage a total blending between a specific body's topography and the designed geometry."
Beginning with a digital model from a 3D scan, Widrig says he broke down into elements segments of the body which would be ideal to display wearable products which would "emphasize and exaggerate them."
What he arrived at are pieces designed to be worn around the neck and aimed at complementing the expansion and contraction of the body's musculature such as sinews and tendons. One of the objects in his collection, The Little Black Spine, is a framework assemblage which calls to mind the construction of vertebrae and is worn over the model's shoulder blades.
Widrig's wearable products were then sent out to Belgian 3D printing specialists Materialise for manufacturing from polyamide-nylon powder via a selective laser sintering process.
Widrig and his work have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited internationally. He's received awards which include the Swiss Arts Award, Feidad Merit Award and the Rome Prize. In 2009 Widrig was named Maya Master, a title bestowed on him by the digital design community and software industry in recognition of his work aimed at reshaping and redefining the boundaries of technology and art.
Widrig has also been an Artist in Residence at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. His 3D printed dresses, developed as part of a collaboration with Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, were named one of 50 Best Innovations of the year by Time Magazine. In addition, his work has been shown at Art Basel, Paris Fashion Week, Gropius Bau Berlin and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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