Treasure Trove is an inspiration book consisting of different chapters like; The Last Days, Vegan Delight, Letting Go,
Valerie, My Crystal Sister
Abitare April 2013
“Would it be possible to replicate the molecular combinations that create our
physical being, and use them as a design object?”, this was the question that
led to the start of this project by designer Lucas Maassen and the pharmaceu-
tical company Roche. Maassen crystalized fragments of his parents’ DNA,
thereby objectifying them into a crystal chandelier.
Death Masks From MIT Capture Your Dying Breath
16:00 - 4 December, 2016
by Alyssa Wu
In the ancient world, traditional death masks were believed to strengthen and protect the soul of the dead as they progressed to the afterlife. It was this mythical notion of transition from death to new life that inspired Vespers, a collection of death masks from Neri Oxman and her team at MIT’s Mediated Matter Group.
Death masks were traditionally made of a single plaster modeled to the deceased’s facial features. Created as part of Stratasys’s New Ancient collection debuting in the London Design Museum this November, Vespers’ 3D-printed masks are built using spatial mapping algorithms that generate colored internal strands enveloped by transparent curved volumes. Rather than memorializing the dead, these masks are designed with an emphasis on cultural heritage, reimagining the potential utility through high-end technologies such as high-resolution material modeling, multi-material 3D printing, and synthetic biology.
Vespers consists of three series of five masks each. The first series, Lazarus, combines a model of the wearer’s visage with an enclosure to contain their last breath. The material composition is designated by the air flow and distribution of this breath. The design is data-driven, digitally generated, and additively manufactured; the design team thus wanted to express the contemporary technological spirit in their version of these ancient artifacts.