Jewelry Rendered into 3D-Printed, Avant-Garde Architectural Line
Lace is an accessory extension of the creator's work in specialized field
3D printing has allowed us to create some pretty amazing things. From a fully functional race car, to a bionic ear, to single story homes, creatives and designers are doing more with than anyone could have thought possible. And though there have been several accessory lines that use 3D printing to produce items, you haven’t likely seen anything like Lace.
Lace is a new line of 3D-printed jewelry that is currently in the final prototyping stage. Though it won’t be available for purchase until this Fall, the products have garnered a lot of attention because of their avant-garde, architecture-inspired style. Founder and design director Jenny Wu has been a partner of Los Angeles-based architecture and design firm Oyler Wu Collaborative since 2004. In collaboration with Stratasys 3D printing, Wu has created necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings as an extension of her architectual work. She used Stratasys technology to create intricately designed pieces in an interlocking design that resembles lace.
The Tangens necklace, featured above, is the primary design of the collection and is available in black, white, and translucent. It is being created using Stratasys FDM technology, which enables Wu to directly manufacture the design. The first item being sold commercially, however, is the Papilio ring (also pictured above)- which is meant to be reminiscent of the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings. The ring is made of sterling silver, is hand polished, and is printed to the size of the buyer’s request. In addition, the ring will be sold in a custom wood box that has been CNC milled to compliment the ring.
Besides her architectural, and now jewelry design work, Wu is also a teacher at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. If her instruction is informing the next generation of architects to be anywhere near as adventurous as she, more architecture-inspired jewelry could be just over the horizon.