Your Future Flatware Will Be Forged by 3D Printing
Metal printing brings stunning cutlery to the table
If you’ve been fantasizing about a future where every home has a 3D printer, here’s another picture to add to that daydream. The SETAE flatware set by notable 3D printing wizard Francis Bitonti calls to mind nothing less than supper with supernatural royalty.
The five-piece set was 3D printed through metal printing technology and finished with sterling silver to create a sultry gleam. The design itself is astoundingly precise.
Strands of material start at the end of utensil, then braids itself like a vine to to the other end. For the spoons, it merges into a bowl shaped like an angular teardrop. The forks end with the strands untangling into an organized row.
The knife by itself is a showstopper. The braid merges to become a rather short blade, with a heavy curve that, while in a 15th century royal supper table, would remind the user of a war axe.
Bitonti, on his website, writes of the collection:
Four independent strands cohere and separate creating a landscape of fibers nestled into the hand. The separation and cohesion of these long linear elements is used to produce local difference to beautifully satisfy the demands of a functional set of flatware.
In past projects, including a commercially-viable capsule collection of shoes with intricate 3D-printed heels, Francis Bitonti spoke of using algorithms that decide the shape of his work. These complex number-crunching formulas developed by the ex-architect’s studio offers a deepened level of complexity to the work, as well as an organic brand of spontaneity.
Other notable 3D-printed works by the artist include the white Bristle Dress and Dita Von Teese’s form-fitting gown. Bitonti in his projects has often used 3D-printing as a focal point but not the exclusive method. He shows that an 3D printing as a mode of creation is still neither the beginning or the end, but a key role in the process.