Sochi Games Olympic Medals…The Use of Metals from Out of This World…Literally

All frosty international politics aside, these Olympic Medals for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games are otherworldly.

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Aside from the exquisite detail and color, what makes these olympic medals so special is the use of meteorite fragments.  You may recall the bright blazing footage of the Chelyabinsk meteorite blast from earlier this year – fragments of that meteorite were collected and will be fabricated into these gold and chondrite discs.

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To say these medals may be the most unusual Olympic metal handed out in history may be quite and understatement!

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Stunning Silversmithing…The Works of Hamish Dobbie

The young Metal Artist and Jewelry Designer, Hamish Dobbie, has certainly made a splash in the world of metal sculpture.

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We are enamored with the aesthetic of this collection, and impressed with the use of 3D CAD and 3D printing technologies.  The combination of digital fabrication and delicate hand-chasing, is something we can most definitely relate to.

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The intersection of 3D CAD modeling tools and traditional sculpture mediums has allowed artists to literally warp and replicate forms – which are typically straight and prismatic.  Here’s an excellent example, titled Fingals’ Goblet:

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Bravo!

Amorphous Bronze…’Growth Chair’ @ Design Miami/Basel

This stunning bronze chair, shown at last week’s Design Miami/Basel event (which happens in conjunction with Art Basel in Switzerland), was created by Designer and Artist Matthias Bengtsson.

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The truly fascinating aspect of this concept is the usage of software for the design process – which is driven by a bio-mimicry technique to generate this flowing intertwined form – not unlike the virtual nature-inspired algorithmic designs of Somerville, MA based Nervous System.  The form is captivating, as is the color and tone of that bronze…Call us impressed.

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3D Printed Magnificent Metal

German Industrial Designer, Ralf Holleis, developed the VRZ 2 Track bicycle, featuring titanium hardware, built via a new proprietary 3D printing technology called LaserCUSING®.

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The lugs, bottom bracket, dropouts, and stem are all fabricated using this fascinating additive digital process.

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Beautiful golden color, interesting design detail, and cutting edge fabrication technology?  What’s not to love?

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As discussed here, we use 3D printing  here at SA Baxter to develop custom prototypes quickly for internal development, as well as for our clients’ bespoke needs.  ¡Viva la 3D Printing Revolución!

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Brazen Bronze of ICFF

Today is the last day of the NY Design juggernaut that is ICFF.  Here is a sampling of Exhibitors showing furniture pieces crafted in Bronze.  Our favorites are Nick Davis’ Etched Bronze Tables…divine…


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Ages Occasional Table by Elliot Eakin:

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Oona Pendant by Tamera Leigh Staten:

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Bronze in Our Backyard…Storm King Features Thomas Houseago

Not far from our Upstate New York Foundry is the world-renowned Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York.  Known for stunning and tremendous outdoor sculptures, in an idyllic natural setting, Storm King has recently welcomed a series of works by Thomas Houseago, titled: As I Went Out One Morning.

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Mr. Houseago is a Los Angeles-based Artist, well known for his use of simple materials and haunting interpretive works.  His pieces have been exhibited around the globe, and now we get a chance to see and touch his work at the ideal outdoor venue.

http://houseago.stormking.org/works.html

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Fabric or Bronze?…”Dressed” Collection by Jens Praet

At first glance, Jens Praet’s collection of sculptural furniture pieces appear to have fabric draped over solid forms.  Look more closely and you will see these ‘sheets’ are actually bronze!

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The lovely verdigris patina of the ‘draped’ bronze produces a notable contrast to the brushed brass of the main structures.  These pieces truly are functional pieces of sculptural art.

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