We’ve generated a jewelry collection with the Floraform system. For each piece, we crafted a unique growth process that results in a specific emergent form. The flowering structures expand fastest along their edges, evolving from simple surfaces to flexuous forms that fill space with curves, folds, and ruffles. There are 24 new designs which come in 3D-printed nylon and sterling silver and are available in our shop.
The collection explores how different starting geometries interact with the growth process to produce the final pieces. We use contact with the body as an environmental constraint, producing designs that conform to or expand from the finger, wrist, and neck.
We developed two primary strategies for growth resulting in two lineages of jewelry forms. One set is inspired by the forms of flowers. These pieces have curling, convoluted forms and our explorations focused on the creation of symmetry or its absence.
The other set was inspired by the frilly arms of jellyfish. These pieces have a scale that changes throughout the process, producing waves on waves on waves. They also incorporate directional, gravity-like forces, resulting in a more elongated draping of form with dripping cascades of ruffles.
There are also hybrid pieces where these two methodologies interweave, like the celosia cuff and flora collar.
Our intricate designs are materialized via 3D printing in plastic and metal. Most of the pieces are available in white, petal pink, or black nylon that has been fused together from powder, layer by layer, in a 3D-printing process called Selective Laser Sintering. There are also designs available in sterling silver. These are first 3D-printed in wax and then cast in precious metal by lost wax casting.