From 19 Septmeber – 10 Oktober 2009 the Berlin based Appel Design Gallery will showcase ‘Digital Couture’ a group of works by Hermann August Weizenegger which are a result of the collaboration between the designer, trained craftsmen and programmers aided by data-based procedures.
“The design project was preceded by a sort of basic research which addressed the question of whether a design concept developed for a specific object can also be applied in the design of other objects. In this formal aspects such as those occasioned by the technologically defined structure of a design principle play just as crucial a role as the idea of transformation.”app
“The objects currently presented here are the result of a series of designs based on the principle of layering and turning materials. Using the layering technology the designer created a self-contained group of works that has given rise to various design objects. An initial design sculpture took on the inspiring function of muse, from whose design structure a continuous permutation of new forms and objects developed. The designs made with the help of 3D tools were produced with contemporary technologies such as rapid prototyping and by integrating a traditional handcraft technique such as turning. This ‘reconciliation’ of production techniques not only offers new opportunities for designing objects but also provides long-term stimuli for future production processes in industry and handicrafts. This type of work concept also offers new perspectives from an economic point of view. Individual works from the collection stand out for their valuable materials and craftsmanship and as such are conceivable in limited editions, whereas other design objects using the same design scheme can be mass-produced.“