Víctor Viña

27 August 2012

A project by Víctor Viña for trastienda

The implications of what has been called the next Industrial Revolution, with the introduction of manufacturing technologies and the emergence of open design, have yet to be fully understood. Designers have new models of creation, distribution and production, facilitated by digital tools and an open and collaborative knowledge network.

The re-collection project reflects on the design processes that emerge in this new scenario, where the production of identical pieces is no longer necessary. It applies the open knowledge processes of digital content and software to product design.

re-collection is a piece of software for the creation of objects through generative and parametric processes. It is a tool with which designers can explore different design languages. Due to its generative nature, the software introduces elements of randomness. The final product depends on both the criteria set by the designer and the algorithm executed by the computer.

The first re-collection series takes as its starting point classic pieces of design and thus those materials and technologies that defined the aesthetics of mass production in the context of the Industrial Revolution. By deconstructing and parameterising these design icons, their structural and material properties are enhanced.

Other series take components from standard pieces (such as the ubiquitous LACK table in one of the collections) and generate variations following new connection logics, resulting in new product typologies. The software also allows the generation of complex shapes through geometric variation and manipulation, allowing designers to explore generative design without the need for programming.

Each object generated with the application can be exported in a variety of formats for digital fabrication, such as volumetric data for 3D printing, vectors for laser cutting or CNC milling. The objects can in turn be shared in online repositories.

An online version of the re-collection will be accessible from February 2012, allowing visitors to create derivative objects that can be fabricated and exhibited on LABoral’s website.

The project raises questions relevant to open design, the meaning of authorship in a post-industrial context and the possibility of opening up the design process. The re-collected objects talk about remixing, reinterpreting and reformulating the way we conceive objects through digital tools.