PRESS RELEASE MILAN 2017

 

Out of Order

Obey and do what you are programmed for!

Robots are replacing human workers to do our repetitive tasks. We consider them to be reliable workers, who do their task perfectly over and over again.... But what would happen once the flawless worker becomes less impeccable? What if it would grow tired of its daily routine, or simply drift away while daydreaming?

At first glance the fiber pattern may appear to be perfectly ordered, but a closer look would reveal a transition between a regular and a non-uniform pattern, generating a fascinating optical illusion of distortion. The warped lines are the result of various tweaks in the robot's program, which challenge the grip of the fiber on the mandrel during the production process. The unpredictable interwoven patterns may give the impression that the robot has developed a mind of its own. Using a special ‘randomizing’ algorithm the robot can generate endless variations, which allows the creation of unique designs.

Out Of Order is a series of light fixtures which is the result of a collaboration between Amsterdam based interdisciplinary design studio BCXSY and Rotterdam based design studio Atelier Robotiq. The extremely light weight cylindrical construction consist solely of wound fiber, reinforced with resin, resembling a three-dimensional line work suspended in space.

 

The Out of Order light fixtures can be seen at:

Rosanna Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, Milano

Masterly – The Dutch in Milano, Palazzo Francesco Turati, Via Meravigli, 7, Milano

 

Email us for high-resolution images for publication, questions, or for our press release in Dutch or Italian: info@atelierrobotiq.com

Photography Marta Musial

 

 

PRESS RELEASE MILAN 2016

 

 

Iridescent Fiber Pattern Lamps inspired on Dragonfly wings

Nature and Robotics intertwined in Fiber Pattern lamps

 

Atelier Robotiq uses an Aerospace fiber weaving technology to make lightweight Fiber Pattern Lamps. With an industrial robot the thin fibers are precisely woven into geometrical structures. At Salone del Mobile in Milan, Atelier Robotiq will present their new designs inspired by the lightness and iridescent colours of dragonfly and butterfly wings.

Numerous butterflies and dragonflies were observed for new pattern and colour inspiration. The lightweight and transparent wing structure of the dragonfly shows fragile with its thin lines and membranes, but this minimalistic design of nature is perfectly balanced. Appearing transparent at first, a change of view unveils an amazing spectrum of iridescent colours. This inspired the designers of Atelier Robotiq to experiment with more open fiber patterns, as well as a variety of colours and pigments to mimic the iridescent effect of the wings on the fibers. 

In Milan, the results of all experiments, the Iridescent Fiber Pattern Lamps, were presented together with the robotic weaving process used for making these designs. The designs were presented in the Dutch Pavilion, as part of the collective presentation ‘Masterly – The Dutch in Milano’, that was held in the historical Pallazo Francesco Turati.

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Atelier Robotiq
Atelier Robotiq is a design studio from Rotterdam, founded by designers Søren Blomaard, Dimitrios Iakovou and Anne-Lise Heydra. Their different approach to design lies in the diverse combination of knowledge and their different backgrounds combining aerospace engineering, product design, fine arts and robotics. This unique combination leads to unexpected and exciting products.

Atelier Robotiq currently experiments with robotic weaving techniques for creating geometrical patterns, interference patterns and Moiré patterns. They transform dry industrial fibers into strong and lightweight structures, which they use in their furniture designs. Imagine a 100-meters long fiber cord, being woven around a shape by an industrial robot, creating a strong and lightweight Lamp. One of their first designs is the UFO shaped Fiber Pattern Lamp. Weighing only 95 grams (while measuring 61 centimeters in diameter) it literally floats in the air with a breeze of wind. The open fiber structures of the Fiber Pattern Lamps create fascinating light and shadow effects.

 

Email us for high-resolution images for publication, questions, or for our press release in Dutch or Italian: info@atelierrobotiq.com