Floraform

Florescence jewelry

Year

2015

Tags

3dprint, jewelry

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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.

  1. Flora Collar

    Photo by Rachel Tine

  2. Peloria Pendant - 3D-printed nylon

    Photo by Rachel Tine

  3. Cassiopeia Earrings

    Photo by Rachel Tine

  4. Floraform - flower inspired designs

    Inspired by the forms of flowers, these pieces have curling, convoluted forms.

  5. Floraform - jellyfish inspired designs

    Inspired by the frilly arms of jellyfish. These pieces have a scale that changes throughout the process, producing waves on waves…

  6. Silver Anthesis Necklace

    This silver necklace features a pattern of cellular perforations that were inspired by lacy bryozoans. These perforations mirror t…

  7. Silver Anthesis Necklace

  8. Floraform pendants

    3D-printed nylon

  9. Silver Floraform Rings

  10. Silver Bryozoa Ring

  11. Silver Bryozoa Necklace

  12. Silver Bryozoa Necklace

  13. Flora Collar

    3D-printed nylon

  14. Flora Brooch

    3D-printed nylon

  15. Elysia Pendant

    3D-printed nylon

  16. Cnidaria Cuff

    3D-printed nylon

  17. Celosia Cuff

    3D-printed nylon

  18. Mega Flora Ring

    3D-printed nylon

  19. Cassiopeia Pendant

    3D-printed nylon

  20. Cassiopeia Earrings

    3D-printed nylon

  21. Cassiopeia Collar

    3D-printed nylon

  22. Cassiopeia Collar - detail

    3D-printed nylon

  23. Actina Pendant

    3D-printed nylon

  24. Florescence Cuff

    3D-printed nylon

  25. Silver Orchid Necklace

  26. Silver Orchid Necklace - back

  27. Actina Pendant

    3D-printed nylon, petal pink

  28. 3D-printed nylon, petal pink

  29. Celosia Cuff

    black 3D-printed nylon

  30. Actina Pendant

    black 3D-printed nylon

  31. Cassiopeia Ring

    black 3D-printed nylon

  32. Micro Flora Ring

    black 3D-printed nylon

  33. Flora Cuff

    3D-printed nylon, petal pink

  34. Cnidaria Earring

    3D-printed nylon

  35. Cnidaria Earrings

    3D-printed nylon

  36. Mega Flora Ring

    3D-printed nylon

  37. Photo by Rachel Tine

  38. Actina Pendant

    Photo by Rachel Tine

  39. Floraform rings

  40. Actina Pendant - detail

  41. Celosia Cuff - detail

    3D-printed nylon, petal pink

  42. Celosia Cuff

    3D-printed nylon, petal pink