3D-Printed Ceramic Vases That Mimic Nature’s Patterns
Drag And Drop is a Romanian design and manufacturing studio, co-founded by Madalin Gheorghe and Dragos Sabareanu in 2019, living at the point where technology and artisanal processes converge. The studio’s ceramic collection falls in line with the search to reimagine the function and aesthetics of commonplace items – in this case, vases. A large 3D-ceramic printer was used to create intricate patterns that were developed using advanced software for algorithmic modeling. And all the while sustainability, aesthetics, and quality were kept front of mind. Check out more about the five designs.
Intertwined was given its name from the organic, interwoven geometric pattern creating the vase. Inspired by growth patterns found in tree bark and root systems, the one-of-a-kind design was 3D printed in 100% natural clay. The vase’s interior is hand glazed and the exterior features a matte finish – a constant throughout the entirety of the ceramic collection.
Choose between three sizes of Bulky, each with a textile-like pattern that’s highlighted in different ways throughout the course of the day. Observers are encouraged to explore the geometric vases with their hands for a firsthand experience of their texture.
A wave-like pattern adorns the Ripple vase, demonstrating how mathematical formulae can be used to create patterns eerily similar to those found in nature. The resulting appearance mimics rippling liquid, perhaps from a stone being dropped into a creek.
Kilim honors the manufacturing methods used to make tapestry-woven carpets made in nations that once belonged to the Persian Empire. This modern take in clay demonstrates how traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge industrial design can work together.
Melting makes use of its manufacturing process. When depositing the layers of the vase throughout printing, it plays off of the wet clay’s suppleness. The hard end product juxtaposes with the appearance of a soft object that appears to be melting.
To learn more about the ceramic collection, visit draganddrop.design.