John Briscella is a former Autodesk Pier 9 resident designer (like Anouk Wipprecht and other 3D printing celebs) who has been experimenting with some advanced generative design capabilities for a growing range of consumer products. He has since launched Aminimal, his and his design partner’s Lana Blum’s online shop for parametrically designed 3D printed jewelry, and his own design studio for generatively designed 3D printed furniture. This generatively designed shoe, built using nTopology software, is one of John Briscella’s latest concepts and shows the direction that his design style is taking for a growing range of consumer products.
This is however just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. As designers and innovators, Lana and John have demonstrated 3D printing as a method for manufacturing high-quality products for companies such as MakerBot, the MoMA Store, and Shapeways. Their A-MINI-MAL approach is a philosophy for the direction of Art and Design in the 21st Century. Pertaining to Minimal art, Aminimalism follows some of the underlining principles of Minimalism, yet takes it to another level of simplified complexity. With emerging technology and advanced tools such as computational geometry and 3D printing, design can be created on the same level of attention to aesthetic as well as with intricacy and precision.
John Briscella’s studio collection is a new visionary body of work that applies advanced techniques. Its creative approach is based on pushing fabrication technology, algorithmic design software, and creativity, to create wonder and innovation in a relatively new field of emerging high tech proto-fabrication techniques. In order to do this, Briscella leveraging art, experimentation and innovation within the larger goal of developing industry standards in optimized forms. His art in public spaces gives people the opportunity to experience a new level of innovative aesthetic design, to inspire and innovate the creative threshold.
Continuum on to new design paradigms
The Continuum3 collection, for example, uses SLA, DLP and direct metal AM to push boundaries and inspire the next generation to see what is possible in the future of optimized forms within the home and beyond.
“This project is about this constant innovation and need to develop new processes to design in the ever growing and changing needs of the market in the 21st-century landscape,” John Briscella writes. “This conflict led to the development of Modernism and the introduction of furniture that symbolized elegance, creativity, and a classical standard for the materials, production, and processes of the time. By using innovative materials like bent pipe, chrome, and mass manufacturing techniques, these works were elevated from furniture pieces to immortalized works of art, the same happening to the creators of the designs. These chairs were at the pinnacle, and to this day have stood as inspiration in many applied fields of creative arts.”
“This project plans to revisit these classic works by addressing this need for the new, and the innovative,” Briscella continues. “Today […] people can custom fabricate, and in the near future will have the ability to create many of the items they desire right from their homes or neighborhood shops if they don’t already. Also, due to the ever-increasing availability of these machines, this will only drive production costs lower in the and make neo-fabrication technology and printers become necessary commodities in day-to-day life. Using 3D printed metal, to show the highest level of detail […] this project wishes to address this customization, and optimization to minimize cost when these techniques become more mainstream and more affordable to the common person.”
This iteration of the design timeline is using state of the art in high-end additive technologies, in combination with new development software to maximize the level of efficiency, optimization for additive 3D production, and increased visual aesthetic beauty within the work. The intention of innovating on a whole market, in a world of custom fabrication that the majority of humans will be able to access in the near future, is not only pushing the three – dimensional additive envelope but also creating a new standard for production.