Michiel van der Kley, the Tilburg based product designer agreed to give us an interview. Michiel has received many accolades for his work designing office furniture, but found himself wanting to step away from the lime-light, and seeking something more true to himself. In his journey of self-discovery, he eventually found himself at the doors of 3D printing. In his own words, "it was a design language that I could really understand". Along that journey Michiel has come up with ProjectEGG.
ProjectEGG is a 3D printed space to be made up of 4760 'stones'. Each stone is individually designed by Michiel, however rather than have a traditional manufacturing process - in this case outsourcing to a 3D printing bureau; he took a different route. Anybody can adopt a 'stone', which will be printed by Michiel in his studio, alternatively people are sent the .stl files and the basic instructions to print their own stone with their own unique features. ProjectEGG is to receive its debut at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2014. It will then take a tour around the world. The use of 3D printing in construction, and how it can revolutionise logistics, is of interest to many stake-holders, and it's also excited us at #3DPM.
#3DPM's founders have been advocating using 3D printing to generate skills and to revolutionise every aspects of our lives. Michiel's vision realised via the new language of 3D printed design, direct to the people that want the design; is exactly the democratising change we want to inculcate into our workshop and education programmes. Together #3DPM and ProjectEGG are working towards furthering our mutual aims. #3DPM in collaboration with BCP Labs, are working with ProjectEGG to collect all the U.K. printed stones, in time for Michiel to pick them up and give a talk through us in February 2014. More details for this will follow into the early part of 2014.
In this inaugural end of year interview for #3DPM, Michiel van der Kley talks to us about ProjectEGG, where his design inspirations have come from, and the work process that he's had to go through in order to realise his creation - "to give birth to ProjectEGG".