Redefining Jewelry Design: 3D Printed Wearable Architecture
With the explosion of rapid fabrication, we’ve seen 3D printed jewelry of all kinds, deriving their designs from various sources. But we’ve never seen accessories quite like Joshua DeMonte’s. For his style of massive jewelry pieces, the Philadelphia designer draws inspiration from classical architecture and applies its construction directly to his work. Bracelets that resemble the Colosseum, others that spiral like grand staircases, and “scarves” that look like the entrances to opulent cathedrals are just a few examples of the cartoonishly intricate pieces of jewelry.
In the video above from Smithsonian, DeMonte describes copying building designs and augmenting their shapes to turn them into wearable jewelry. Using a MakerBot to print his concepts, he treats the design and fabrication process as a medium through which he realizes his outlandish visions.
See images of his works below.