Well, that was exciting! Nervous System attended the 3DPrintShow in New York City last week. Our work was exhibited in the Art Gallery and the Fashion House. We even got to watch several of our Kinematics jewelry designs walk the runway in their 3d-printed fashion show. It was a pleasure to meet all of the other designers and artists who were showing their work. Below you can see a few photos of our work on display.
In a few days we’re headed to New York City for our sixth International Contemporary Furniture Fair. We are exhibiting our work at booth 803 in the Javits Center from May 18th to May 21st. We’re also teaching workshops on 3D printing and product customization as a part of DesignX, a new ICFF event focusing on cutting-edge technologies. Please come check out our booth or our workshops!
Radiolaria Furniture App
We’re very excited to premiere the new version of our Radiolaria web app at ICFF; we’ve extended the app’s capabilities to allow anyone to design cellular furniture. We will have a computer in our booth where attendees can design their own tables and get instant pricing for their designs. The app is easy to use and flexible enough to create a diverse range of final products. Users dynamically sculpt the table’s patterned top, selecting which cells will hold plexiglass insets and which will remain open. They can also choose their table’s height, number of legs and finish. After an order is placed, we carve the table out of Baltic birch plywood with our CNC router.
We’ve been busy designing and fabricating example tables for our booth. You can see some photos below documenting our progress cutting the components for three tables with a ShopBot PRSAlpha Buddy CNC router last week.
We will also be presenting new additions to our family of generative lighting designs, including new pendant lamps and sconces. We’ll have 16 lamps of these one-of-a-kind lamps on display in our booth.
Finally, here’s a sketch of our booth design for this year. Keep an eye out for us as you explore the ICFF exhibits in the Javits Center!
We’re doing several fun events in the upcoming month, and we wanted to tell you about them.
3D Printing Night @Room 68 — April 4, 6-9pm
68 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA
Tomorrow night (April 4th) we’ll be at Room 68 from 6:00-9:00pm. Stores and galleries in Jamaica Plain stay open late on the first Thursday of each month, and our friends at Room 68 invited us to be involved. We love working with the Room 68 team, and we’re excited to be showing off a brand new cellular coffee table designed with our Radiolaria web app. You can also buy Nervous System lamps or jewelry and see a MakerBot 3D printer in action. Maybe we’ll make a 3D-printed cat for you!
Science Crawl @Xylem — April 18, 5-8pm
287 Third St, Cambridge, MA
On Thursday, April 18th, we’ll be hosting one of the stops on the Science Crawl, a Cambridge Science Festival event. We’re thankful to our friends at Xylem for letting us use their store. We hope you’ll come by and see the exhibition: we’re going to transform Xylem into a space where you can explore everything Nervous System. We’ll have all our new stuff on display, including tables, superhard jigsaw puzzles, and neon-colored jewelry. We’re also going to invite visitors to experiment with our interactive design tools, and Jesse and Jessica will be there to explain the math and science behind their designs. Ask them anything!
Somerville Open Studios @Nervous System — May 4-5, 12-6pm
561 Windsor St, Suite A206, Somerville, MA
In May, we’re going to be involved with Somerville Open Studios, a great event where artists all over Somerville invite people to see the spaces where they create. First, Nervous System will be featured at the Somerville Open Studios fashion show on May 1st. The fashion show starts at 7:30pm in the Center for Arts at the Armory. Then, on May 4th and 5th, the Nervous System studio will be open from noon til 6:00pm, and we’d love for you to come visit. We’ll be featuring our interactive design tools, and we plan to show some new experiments as well.
You’re obsessed with 3d-printing. We’re obsessed with 3d-printing. Let’s get together. Come talk about 3d-printing technologies, applications, materials, software and future developments! Feel free to bring things including: stuff you’ve made with a 3d-printer, a 3d-printer you’ve made, juicy 3d-printing gossip, and snacks (3d-printed snacks will receive special appreciation).
The event is part of the Boston 3d-printing meetup series organized by our friends at Figulo (an amazing Boston-based ceramic 3d-printing company). It starts at 6:30pm and will run until 8pm at 561 Windsor St, Suite A206 (same building as Taza Chocolate) in Somerville, MA. Parking is available.
Please RSVP here: http://boston3dp.eventbrite.com/
Jesse and Jessica, Nervous System designers and co-founders, will be on hand to answer questions. Our Makerbot Replicator will be printing some of our latest designs throughout the evening. Our custom jewelry applications will also be up and running on laptops. We will have many designs available for sale including pieces from our Cell Cycle collection in Turquoise, new lamp designs and our laser cut Jigsaw Puzzles!
Room 68 is a concept store focusing on new design for your home, workspace and self. Intertwining a mixture of furniture, functional objects and contemporary design. Room 68 is located at 68 South St. in Jamaica Plain.
We are at the New York International Gift Fair this week showing our puzzles and jewelry. Please stop by our booth #3901 in the Accent on Design section!
Our booth design alternates frosted plexiglass panels of jewelry that jut out at angles with 8′ tall laser cut panels showing a pattern representative of each collection. All parts were fabricated in our studio before the show, so set up was easy and relatively problem-free.
We also built a tactile display for our new Jigsaw Puzzles. Each puzzle is one-of-a-kind, and comes with a playful selection of themed whimsies.
In addition to the bright new booth design, we’re proud to release our newest full-color 48 page wholesale catalog. The catalog showcases all the designs we’ve made over the last five years at Nervous System. Special thanks to our intern Katya Ryabtseva for all of her help with the the catalog project! We’ll be blogging more of the photos from the catalog in the near future but for now you can take a peak at it here: Nervous System Catalog – fall 2012
We are in NYC for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. If you are around you can find us in booth 801 and also in the designboom mart. In our booth, we have a display of our generative 3d-printed lighting and a small display of jewelry accompanied by movies documenting our work. In the designboom mart, we have a wide selection of our jewelry for sale. We are also participating in the American Design Club’s show “Raw+Unfiltered” where we are showing two of our new lamps. And the Fab.com Color pop up shop at 142 Wooster st, NYC where you can buy our 3d-printed jewelry in red and also exclusive colors: marine blue + kelly green!
Please stop by our booth and say hi!
Wave Bracelet in Marine Blue for Fab.com popup shop.
Come join us in the Nervous System studio for a relaxed evening of learning and playing Go – the ancient board game. While playing, we can chat about projects, simulation, 3d printing, or whatever. No experience required. Inspired by Kitchen Table Coders. Feel free to bring any drinks or snacks.
March 21st 2012
561 Windsor St
(same building as Taza Chocolate)
In the future, we would like to run more events around creative uses of new technology, bringing together local programmers, artists, makers, and engineers. If you’re interested, come by our studio, play go, and let us know what you think.
Every time we do a show, it is an opportunity to make something crazy and big. For this year’s New York International Gift Fair, we made the Barnacle display wall, an array of cellular extrusions each housing a selection of designs lit by LED strips.
We wanted to address some of the problems we’ve encountered in past trade show displays. As with all trade show projects, we were working with very limited time and budget. Last year, we made crystalline, geode pedestals, which were awesome, but had a few issues. First, they were very difficult to assemble. They also lacked a certain amount of coherence. The pieces they were displaying did not have a place, and were placed on top arbitrarily. We spent a lot of time on the design of booth (most of which was not used) and had not done much thinking about construction and the pieces we would display.
This year we wanted to minimize design time, and make sure we had a simple construction method that would display the pieces well. We quickly decided to use a modified version of our Written Images Barnacle sketch, which is in turn an extension of our Radiolaria project. This allowed us to start designing fast.
our first physical sketch…a bit lacking in finesse but serviceable
We went with the architecture student’s tried and true construction materials: laser cutter + chip board. We wanted to it to be fast, inexpensive, and easy to transport. Each barnacle is unrolled to a flat, scored sheet that can be folded into its 3D form. It is attached to a flat back plate, which fixes the barnacle’s shape and allows it to be mounted on the wall. Our first prototype used binder clips to attach the pieces. These were too large and difficult to attach to the intricate design. Instead, we switched to brass, round head fasteners, which are like the folded prongs you see on manila envelopes. They were easy to use, cheap, and had a great aesthetic.
a view of our processing sketch
The sketch was modified to generate laser cut files that would fit into our 18″x24″ laser cutter. The barnacles were also sliced at angles to create a more dramatic 3D presence and allow light into the barnacles. In the Written Images project, barnacle height was determined by barnacle area. Here, we added a tool to control the heights interactively, with a simple click and drop off radius sort of system.
test chunk of the final design
The pieces were displayed on clear acrylic inserts that press-fit into the barnacles. This made it seem as if each piece was floating inside the barnacle. It also made sure each piece had a set place, so that if someone took one down to look at it, it went back to the right place.
At the last minute, we decided to light each barnacle with an LED strip. We got 16.5′ of flexible, cuttable LEDs from Amazon for around $12, and soldered wires onto 40, 2″-4″ pieces. The strips were connected together in series on site with crimp connectors. This looked awesome in our dark studio, where the jewelry cast dramatic shadows, and the barnacles let off a mysterious glow. In the harsh light of the Javitz center, the effect was somewhat lost.
The barnacles are mounted on homasote sheets, which allows us to hide all the wiring and assemble the entire wall with only thumbtacks and brass fasteners.
mounting the barnacles at the Javits center using our jig
We shipped everything flat and assembled it on site. We used a jig to make sure everything was level and properly positioned. It took one day from around 12pm-10pm with 4 people. This included unpacking, painting, wiring, assembling, and mounting. I was amazed and relieved when the LED all worked on the first try. It was definitely our most effective and satisfying display to date.
The total project time was roughly 2 days for design and prototyping, 1 day for fabrication, and 1 day for assembly.
Special thanks to Terry Irwin, Golan Levin and Jeremy Ficca for organizing our trip earlier this month to visit Carnegie Mellon University. We gave a lecture for the Design school, played with robots in the Architecture department’s Digital Fabrication Lab, and spoke with students at the Studio for Creative Inquiry.
They even videotaped our lecture….so without further ado, here it is!