Unfold+Materialise present Skafaldo at Milan Salone 2016


April 8th 2016
For Milan Design Week 2016, the institutions that support and promote Belgian design have joined forces with the international contemporary culture magazine DAMN° to present Belgian Matters at Palazzo Litta: an exhibition featuring the results of pairings between 13 designers and companies from Belgium. Each project has been commissioned especially for the event and will be seen for the first time during the Salone.

Unfold collaborated with Materialise, an international leader in additive manufacturing or 3D printing. Called upon by diverse clients across the world, from industry to artists, it’s renowned for its software to operate 3D-printers. Unfold wanted to spotlight a hidden gem in Materialise’s arsenal by working with their eStage software, a solution to automatically generate so called support structures that are used in Stereolithography (curing liquid resin with a laser). These light weight geometric structures are normally printed together with the actual object in order to support it during the process, but removed afterwards and discarded as waste. 

Fascinated by their aesthetic inherent to the process -very utilitarian but also reminiscent of neo-gothic industrial architecture and the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher- Unfold turned things around and made them the distinct feature of a side-table and bowl. 

Simple shapes were fed into Materialise’s eStage software, the generated support structures subsequently 3D-printed and cast in bronze by Factum Arte, using a cutting edge process. The actual digital 3D designs that were used to generate the support structures were never printed. In turn they have been re-created in more traditional materials by means of glass blowing at Ajeto Glassworks and CNC wood milling by Modelmakerij Van Gerwen.

Skafaldo will be presented at the Milan Design Week 2016 as a part of Belgian Matters, an exhibition concept conceived by Siegrid Demyttenaere on behalf of DAMN° for Belgium is Design.
Belgian Matters takes part in the group event A Matter of Perception: Tradition & Technology at the Palazzo Litta.

A Matter of Perception: Tradition & Technology 
Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, Milan 
Open daily : 11am-9pm 
5 VIE late night: 13 April 6-11pm