Tuesday, 26 January 2010

New Technology

Spencer Dock Bridge in Dublin

Still on the theme of new collections, I am enthralled by the use of Cad/Cam, as seen by my friend the architecht, Amanda Levetes' use of the technology to create models of her majestic fluid structural forms. The use of Cad/Cam has been around for some time in jewellery-making and we here at Dinny Hall have toyed with the idea of creating masters using the program but so far have favoured the use of the good old fashioned 'tool in the hand' to create our original samples.

Dining Table by Amanda

I have always utilized traditional techniques for so many reasons. One is the use of tools, the love of tools and what they can do...even the way the tools themselves are fashioned. I remember once being fascinated by the perfectly preserved tools I saw at Pompei, I am loathe to put down the tools of the trade--brushes, pens, inks, paints and the touch of a human hand--for a computer mouse.

Floor design by Amanda

However, faced with the reptition of a form in my new collection, Amalfi Beach, and certain mathematical issues linking and repeating this mesh-like structure we are attempting to create, I think Cad/Cam may well be the answer. And I may well, after having discovered blog, Twitter, Facebook and the likes, see myself fully embracing what the world of technology has to offer, despite my initial sneering at the loss of, say, individual style, the line of an image, and so on and so forth.

Back to Amanda, she showed me the prototype of a table-top light so simple in form but using the newest light bulb in existence, essentially a light with no mass. Watch that space, she'll be unveiling it at the Milan Furniture Fair on the esteemed Established & Sons stand this spring. While I of course recognize that her designwork (buildings as opposed to Bijou) is on an entirely different size scale from mine, our outlooks on our work and using the natural world as inspiration somewhat mirror one another whilst at the same time being inverses. That is to say, where Amanda looks towards the small to find inspiration for a stucture within a landscape (human anatomy, for example), I look to nature and landscape to inform my work in miniature. So we shall see what happens when Dinny meets Cad/Cam. I only hope my own new designs are half as innovative as hers .

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