From their Brooklyn workshop, thefuturefuture melds burgeoning technologies with a very DIY-informed aesthetic and sensibility. They’ll be joining us for our Nemo-delayed 3D printing jewelry bazaar at Ace Hotel New York this Saturday — and took a few minutes to talk about their work as they prepare.
How does your architectural background influence the way you relate to the human body in jewelry design?
As architects, we typically develop our ideas in terms of constraints. Working in NYC forces us to constantly work within the obstructions of the existing built environment, and we approach the human body in the same way. Our architectural pieces are always very site-specific, however designing a line to fit each individual is not necessarily possible. So our approach is to make pieces that are generated by custom algorithms so that each piece is as unique as the person wearing it.
Do you dream in 3D?
Absolutely. Actually, we dream in 4D because there is time involved! We also daydream of dark matter and parallel universes.
3D-printing machines give a new meaning to “made in the US” and “made by hand/DIY.” Once printed, the components of your necklaces, for example, are all hand-assembled into finished pieces in your studio. How will these emerging technologies influence the dialogue and movement around locally-made and hand-made objects?
Although these designs are seemingly made by robots, there is a substantial bit of human craft involved at the source, and the proximity to fabrication will continue to allow for swift improvements in design and innovation. On the front end, each piece is carefully constructed using various digital modeling techniques before being sent to the machine. However, while the actual system of making is fairly autonomous, the pieces still require a certain amount of handling post-process, from extracting and cleaning the printed pieces out of the machine, to then adding chains and additional adornments or combining with other materials. As technology further develops, it will enable the production of finished products to be increasingly more local by exchanging only the digital files for consumer output.