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Brief Published: 30 Oct 2013

Out of Hand: Materializing the Post-Digital


Released to accompany New York’s Museum of Art and Design’s exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, a book of the same name showcases key innovators using computer-assisted manufacturing in art and design.

Technologies such as 3D printing now allow designers to create objects with ease that previously would have been impossible. Despite its complex shape, Bone chair by Dutch studio Joris Laarmen is made from a single piece of marble resin. By using 3D printing, a complex mould can be created to cast the organic and flowing structure. More innovations in this field can be found in our report 3D Printing: From Gimmick to Game Changer

Alongside high-end designs, commercial applications are also highlighted – including the popular Nike Flyknit shoe. Made possible due to advances in digital knitting, the trainer’s upper is made from a single piece of knitted fabric. This technique reduces waste materials as well as creating a lighter and better-fitting shoe. 

The emerging digital aesthetic is also explored, showcasing designers investigating the link between the physical and the digital. New York-based Aranda Lasch’s 20 Bridges for Central Park involved a series of installations that interrupted the scenery. The faceted geometric structures appeared to have been pulled straight from a computer screen. For more on the blurring of analogue and digital, see our Industry Trend Thinking Digitally: Synthetic Aesthetics.   

The exhibition runs until July 6 2014. The accompanying book, edited by Ronald T. Labaco, is available from Black Dog Publishing and will be released on November 12.