Unfold presented Stratigraphic Manufactury for the first time in the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial. Joseph Grima, curator of the Adhocracy exhibition and former editor of Domus Magazine, commissioned the project featuring Unfold's continuing work on ceramic 3d printing and its implications on design and manufacturing.
In Stratigraphic Manufactury, Unfold builds on their Stratigraphic Porcelain series started in 2010 with their internationally acclaimed installation l'Artisan Electronique and explores methods of manufacturing and distributing design in the dawning era of digital production. Stratigraphic Manufactury is a new model for the distribution and digital manufacturing of porcelain, which includes local small manufacturing units that are globally connected. One that embraces local production variations and influences.
A set of digital 3d files of designs presented in April 2011 in Milan by Unfold has been e-mailed to various manufacturers around the world who have acquired the 3d printing production method that Unfold pioneered and open sourced in 2009. They were instructed not to alter the digital files but were free to incorporate personal and local influences and interpretations during the production. These new sets were first presented in Adhocracy in the context of a local manufacturing shop. In collaboration with the Turkish ceramists Mustafa Canyurt and Ahmet Gülkokan, who ran the Istanbul manufacturing unit. A second manufacturing unit was operational in New York and was ran by Eric Hollender, Larisa Daiga and Jen Poueymirou, and a third unit, run by Benjamin Matthews and Alicia Ongay Perez was operational in London. Both units added another new local variation of the set.
In collaboration with Jonathan Keep (UK), Eran Gal-Or (Israel), Ahmet Gülkokan (Turkey), Mustafa Canyurt (Turkey), Eric Hollender (USA), Larisa Daiga (USA), Jen Poueymirou (USA), Benjamin Matthews (UK) and Alicia Ongay Perez (UK).