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Special report: home accessories printed on a 3d printer

The future house will be printed on a 3d printer from Shanghai. Do not believe me? We interviewed the first and only specialist in the world who uses this technology for the benefit of the interior. We have a guest - the founder of Xuberance, the architect Stephen Ma. We had not time to get used to 3d-cinema and 3d-graphics, and the novelties are again at the threshold: progress on the alert. The Xuberance design studio from Shanghai was the first in the world to print decor elements and interior items on a 3d printer. The material that comes out of the Chinese super laboratory is very similar to ultra-soft and heavy-duty leather. But no. It is a unique polymer: it is equally suitable for both a wedding dress and a fashionable lamp. Stephen Ma, one of the founders and ideologists"Young", but already very well-known in the architectural environment of the Chinese project, we were miraculously caught at the Milan exhibition devoted to the latest technologies in design and architecture, and pulled out of the dense ring of curious fans and followers. This is not surprising: the ability of 3d-printing to be adjusted to the needs of each consumer is a real gift to the designer. Our editor-in-chief Oksana Kashenko made an interview with Stephen Ma and asked him the most pressing questions. Lera Wang and Stephen Ma, architects A native of Hong Kong, Stephen received a master's degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2008, and from 2006-2008 worked as a lead designer at Xefirotarch in Los Angeles, then as an architect at Coophimmelblau in Vienna , Where he specialized in digital visualization and 3d-technologies. At the Vienna University of Applied Arts, he often happens now - with lectures. In 2008, together with two like-minded people, Ben Lu and Lera Vang, Stephen founded the experimental design studio Xuberance. Xuberance.org - - Stephen, your colleagues call XuberanceAbsolutely innovative in modern design. Why? What is unique about your work? - - I would answer with the words that we came up with when we founded the company. Xuberance is not a protest or a manifesto. It is a holiday of new opportunities in modern architecture and design. By and large, we do not sell raw materials or finished goods. Our product is a design service in itself. We exist for those who would like to create around themselves a more individual and personalized world. - - How does this happen in practice? - - The easiest way to explain the example of the wedding, which we organized in Shanghai and turned into something like a performance for five dozen people. Literally everything there, from the wedding cake, clothes and cufflinks and to fixtures and fixtures, was invented and developed by us and then printed with the help of 3d-printing and our own materials. - Who are your customers? Why do they apply to you? - - Basically they are people who want something special, individual. Sometimes they are souvenir sellers, for whom we make very precise figures of the tallest building in Shanghai - the Shanghai Tower. Sometimes banks and insurance companies. Sometimes - hotels for which we create unique lamps with a complex digital design. Quite often - ordinary people who need something unusual, such as jewelry as a gift, which you will not find in any store. In any case, it is always a very small number of items - 30-40, in rare cases reaches up to a hundred. - - How much is this work? - - While this, of course, is very cheap. The price of lamps starts from one and a half thousand euros. There are seven and a half thousand and more expensive. Jewelry can cost significantly more. But believe me, it's not forever. We are still at the very beginning of the road, and projects like Xuberance are single. Over time, technology will become massive and the price will change. The market is still skeptical about 3d-printing, because it is in captivity of stereotypes of mass production. But the next generation will be free of them. Just imagine the opportunities that are opening up. If you have one good design project, you can make a hundred items on it, but not the same, namely with the properties and characteristics that each customer needs. This is a new industrial revolution. For her - the future! Xuberance.org ma-steven.blogspot.ru

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