Love Project Prints Feelings in 3D


Brazilian architect Guto Requena turns personal love stories into unique design objects

Vashti Hallissey
  • 22 august 2014

Want to show someone how you feel? A project from Brazil lets you do this literally by turning your emotions into physical objects. Love Project captures people’s data as they describe personal love stories and converts this into tangible items with a 3D printer.

The project, which was unveiled at Design Weekend São Paulo, was created by Brazilian architect Guto Requena with the help of D3 Studio.

Participants were asked to tell the defining love story of their own lives while covered in emotion-monitoring sensors. This may sound daunting, but each person did this in isolation so that felt comfortable and relaxed. While they narrated their stories, the sensors gathered data on their changing emotions through brain activity, voice and heart rate.

This information was interpreted through digital technology. Requena explains on his website:

Using environmental computational processing, an interface was created by D3 to interpret the data collected by the sensors, transforming the different inputs into a single language, and allowing real-time visualization of the participant’s emotional states.

This data was sent to a special program that the team developed to model 3D objects in Grasshopper, a graphical algorithm editor. The model is composed of particles which are shaped according to the emotional data. The heart rate determines the thickness of the model, the voice sensor controls the particle velocity and the brain waves cause the particles to either repel or attract one another.


Requena wanted the objects to be functional rather than abstract forms. As a result, the program creates three different every day objects: a lamp, a vase and a fruit bowl. The participant’s data determines which one of these objects will be created.

The models are each unique and, after being visualized on screen, they are sent to a 3D printer and printed in polyamide, ceramics, glass, ABS or metal.


Requena and D3 Studio are currently working on an app that will make it possible to tell your story via a smartphone and visualize it in a model in real-time. The participant would then have the option of sending this to a 3D printer.


Next year, the team will host workshops for children and teenagers to teach them about design processes with the use of technologies such as parametric software, sensors and 3D printers. Requena explains on his website:

Focusing on children and adolescents from low-income families, this step will expand the project’s sphere of cultural references, demystify these technologies and encourage young people to develop their own design projects.

Love Project takes self-expression to another level through data capture and 3D printing. What’s more, the decision to make the models everyday objects means that in the future you could give your partner a lamp, vase or fruit bowl that is truly from the heart.

Love Project

[h/t] Cool Hunting



Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Arts & Culture
Mobile august 26, 2016

Get A Better Idea Of How You Are Wasting Your Time

The TouchTime app is trying to revolutionize personal task management by providing detailed insight on how to be more efficient

Culture august 26, 2016

London Telephone Box Repurposed As A Tiny Mobile Repair Shop

Tools and supplies to replace broken screens or damage are neatly stowed away in these micro-workrooms


Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Design august 26, 2016

Conceptual Sportswear Created Out Of Futuristic Condom Material

A Dutch fashion designer is experimenting with new methods and fabrics to make high performance clothing

Fashion august 26, 2016

Fashionable Tassel Will Ensure You Never Lose Your Valuables Again

The device is fashion meets connected tech, that will help you keep track of your belongings at all times


Paula Scher

Graphic Design, Branding, Print Design, Design

Syndicated august 26, 2016

Would You Wear Wool Shoes To Save The Environment?

As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand

Sustainability august 26, 2016

Self-Healing Material Is Fashioned Out Of Squid Teeth

Penn State researchers have devised a new textile that uses organic proteins

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Search Engine Turns Your Own Drawings Into Photos

This image-matching software accepts hand-made sketches instead of keywords


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

PSFK Op-Ed august 24, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs august 25, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Illustrator Interprets The Experiences Of Blind Travelers

Artist Alby Letoy creates drawings of poignant travel memories for the visually impaired

Advertising august 26, 2016

Clickbait Titles Used For The Good Of Charity

An agency devised an unlikely campaign that uses clickbait as a positive force to drive awareness to nonprofit initiatives

Advertising august 26, 2016

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work august 26, 2016

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings


Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games

Design august 26, 2016

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia august 26, 2016

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising august 26, 2016

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

No search results found.