Laser-Cutting Into Lace


As I mentioned before, lace-like ornamentation is a current trend in industrial design. What I really like about it, is that it brings disparate disciplines together. And if you’re lucky enough to live in France or be visiting soon, (I love textiles and France.) you can see an exposition of some the world’s leading designers playing into the theme.

Les Contours du Vide (The Outlines of Emptiness) is currently at the Musée des Manufactures de Dentelles in Retournac, about 540km from Paris, until the end of the month.




10 Responses to “Laser-Cutting Into Lace”

  1. The Outlines of Emptiness | FreeFormFab Says:

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  2. Katastrophy Says:

    That is the coolest thing ever!

  3. Linda Says:

    So, how does this work? Were the designs cut into something that drapes like fabric? How were the 3-D objects like the wheelbarrow and the lamp formed?

    I want to make things like this, but I have no idea where to start!

  4. Indigo Says:

    Hi guys. I did some quick background searching on Cal Lane’s work, and while I couldn’t find anything definite, some articles say it was hand cut. Thanks for the comments!

  5. badweasel Says:

    I also don’t like the implication that you can do this stuff at ponoko. I know it’s just for ideas and concepts, but quite often you guys post stuff on your blog that simply can’t be done with your service.

  6. Indigo Says:

    There is no implication that this can be done with Ponoko’s services. It explicitly promotes an exhibition. However, I do wish that I had more information on how the pieces were made.

  7. red.elk Says:

    oh yeah, the wheelbarrow has definately been done by hand. I’ve seen one of Tord Boontje’s pendant lamps, and it was made from a very thin metal, and the weight of it made it ‘drape’. The lamp by David Trubridge is made from multiples of laser-cut wood pieces that have been designed to ‘rivet’ together and pull the shape into a hollow vessel.

  8. Indigo Says:

    I’ve been in touch with Cal Lane, and she’ll be doing an interview with me in January— so I’ll ask her all about that wheelbarrow.

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