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Neri Oxman’s 3D printed glass stars at Lexus Yet event for Milan Design Week

Star designer Neri Oxman and the 3D printed glass technology developed at her Mediated Matter Lab in MIT are at the core of the interactive LEXUS YET installation for Milan Design Week 2017. Created by Lexus International as part Salone Del Mobile, the world’s largest design exhibition, the Lexus exhibit is held from April 4th through April 9th, at the La Triennale di Milano, the Design and Art Museum in Parco Sempione – considered the center of Milan Design Week.

This event marks the tenth edition for Lexus International at Milan Design Week, highlighting the brand’s long-standing passion for design and innovation. To celebrate this significant juncture, Lexus enlisted the cooperation of Architect, Designer and Professor Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab and her research and design team, The Mediated Matter Group. An acclaimed creative pioneer, operating at the leading edge of architecture and design, Oxman is known for design innovation that is inspired and informed by the natural world.

Oxman’s vision of harmonizing “nature” and its seeming opposite “technology” resonates strongly with the Lexus “YET” philosophy*. Yoshihiro Sawa, Executive Vice President of Lexus International explains “By challenging ourselves to combine elements that at first seem incompatible, we are able to ignite our creative potential and explore new frontiers in design and technology.”Immersed into an amazing design experience, installation forms light caustics radiate in all directions from the 3D-printed glass light columns, resulting in a “floating feeling”.

This installation was created with Glass 3D printing – utilizing an ancient material YET a modern technology.
Lexus and Oxman’s team share a deep commitment to making the world a better place through design and material innovation. For the Lexus event, Oxman and her Mediated Matter Group will express the ‘YET’ philosophy in an immersive multi-dimensional installation of light and shadow brought together through a novel technology developed by the team.

Lexus Yet Glass 3D Printing

To complement what will be an immersive and amazing experience, Lexus will also showcase the 12 Lexus Design Award finalists’ works as prototypes and panel displays showing how they would apply the YET philosophy in original and innovative ways. Lexus further brings home its passionate commitment to design with a visually engaging and inventive retrospective of Lexus’ ten appearances at Milan Design Week.

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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