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Primavera 3-D printed tables. Image courtesy of NYXO.

NYXO presents nature inspired 3D printed furniture using a new foaming bioplastic technology

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Primavera is a collection of sculptural tables made with 3D printed bioplastic, designed by 3D printing pioneer Nyxo Visionary Design. The collection was presented and launched at Downtown Design during Dubai Design Week 2021. Primavera explores this new material technology, which flourishes in the form of an iconic family of pieces that evokes the floral world and the circularity of the seasons. Organic and fluid shapes combined with a geometric regularity symbolize natural regeneration cycles. Bold colors, sinuous geometries, and delicate curves celebrate the new life of the material. The patterns of each piece evolve along with its height, gaining complexity from the base and top, reinforcing the pieces.

Primavera 3-D printed tables. Image courtesy of NYXO.

The collection is 3D-printed with PLA, a bioplastic derived from cornstarch diverted from landfills. The tables can be recycled at the end of the products’ lives, creating a closed-loop production cycle. The printing process in layers leaves a tactile horizontal ridging on the vertical surfaces. This is a key design feature. To print Primavera, we decided to use a larger nozzle on the printer to emphasize the ridges as each layer was formed, characteristics enhanced by the foaming material. This design also makes the products strong and durable. In addition, the unique foaming technology gives a light and manageable product compared to regular 3D printing filaments. The goal is to pursue low energy and zero waste design, a new materiality and circular-design aesthetic. The 3D printing technology used to create Primavera represents an important step towards a genuinely circular and sustainable production model.

Primavera 3-D printed tables featured at Dubai Downtown Design 2021. Image courtesy of NYXO.

NYXO Visionary Design is a Dubai-based architecture and product design practice founded by Italian designers Mirko and Michele Daneluzzo. The practice is a trans-disciplinary R&D office for developing visionary ideas from the design to the fabrication processes. NYXO specializes in 3D printing and in the application of digital computational tools. Their goal is the construction of future scenarios able to incorporate and translate technological innovation into products or services. The firm is characterized by a heterogeneous production for companies with an international reputation like Haier Group, Berkel Group, Fontanot, Marmo Arredo. The project typologies range from experimental limited edition objects to serial products, from architectural concepts to interiors and art installations. Nyxo designed the world’s first 3D printed home appliance for Haier Group. Their work has been exhibited internationally in several events, including the Dubai Design Week, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Beijing Biennale, and the Singapore Design Week.

“Primavera explores this new material technology, which flourishes in the form of an iconic family of pieces that evokes the floral world and the circularity of the seasons.”

Colossus printers was established in 2017, born from the desire to print with our own recycled materials. At the time partner company The One Project was looking to expand their small scale print service to additional larger-scale objects. As a machine with the qualities we were looking for did not exist, we pulled together a team of experts to develop and build one to our specifications. The result was the first Colossus Printer. Since its launch, we remain focused on the development and innovations of hardware, software, and process knowledge in the FGF market. We believe in delivering a full-circle solution. The company behind Colossus, The One Project, is a platform for recycling solutions with the aim of converting end of life plastics back into high value objects. The One Project remains a strong partner inside Colossus’s Ecosystem with a strong focus on research & development of materials for moulding and extrusion techniques.

Image courtesy of NYXO.
Image courtesy of NYXO.
Image courtesy of NYXO.
Image courtesy of NYXO.
Image courtesy of NYXO.
Image courtesy of NYXO.
NYXO design team. Image courtesy of NYXO.
Image courtesy of NYXO.
Francesca Silvi

Francesca Silvi

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