Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Taking digital design to another level, these spirited pieces have a life of their own

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SPINAL STAIR 
Italian firm Disguincio & Co conceived the proto­type Folio staircase in fibre­glass modules reinforced with carbon fibre strips. Principal Mirko Daneluzzo says the goal was essentialism – “making things with fewer components that do more” – and the result resembles a spinal column.  ­disguincio800.com

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ERROR MESSAGE 
Resembling a distorted image of a cabinet, this storage unit from Fratelli Boffi’s Good Vibrations series stretches the possibilities of CNC manufac-turing to produce an object with a sense of irony. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, the oak cabinet also references traditional oriental furniture.  ­fratelliboffi.it

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BODY SCULPTURE 
Like a swirl of black smoke encircling the wearer’s neck, the Kinesis poly­amide necklaces are laser sintered in striated forms that seem to ebb and flow. They are the work of London’s Daniel Widrig, an ­alumnus of Zaha Hadid’s firm, who has also collaborated with haute couturier Iris van Herpen on her insectlike 3‑D-printed dresses. danielwidrig.com

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SECOND SKIN 
Burlesque artist Dita von Teese models a Fibonacci-­inspired nylon gown tailored to her body by Francis Bitonti and Michael Schmidt, who sought to emphasize 3‑D printing’s ability to output a fluid, custom-fitted textile. “It transforms and adapts continuously to the body,” says Bitonti. The garment is part of an evolving collection.  ­francisbitonti.com

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