A popular saying is that we are all prone to “not seeing the forest for trees,” an evocation that conveys the traps of our blindness over the problems (or potential) of the situation as a whole. This is an appropriate term when it comes to the growing problem of material waste produced annually in the production of wood products; each waste and flakes of sawdust are small in themselves, but the sum and scale give considerable figures. Forust i fuseproject’s Grapevine collection suggests one way to redirect some of that industrial wood waste, by re-materializing discarded waste into tomorrow’s delicate home products using a fast 3D printing process.
Forust specializes in providing high-speed 3D printing technology to architects, designers and manufacturers, enabling creatives to take advantage of additive printing technologies using two by-products of the wood industry – sawdust and lignin – for production isotropic wooden parts of high strength, sustainable which in turn can be used to make prototypes or produce custom pieces of wood for home decoration, interiors, transportation and architectural design. With the Vine collection, the proportions are small, but the results are beautiful – swirling organic silhouettes designed by Yves Behar from fuseproject, where texture represents shape, and vice versa.
The technology impresses not only the tactile and aesthetic beauty of wood products over plastic, which is popularly associated with 3D printing, but also Forust’s process has the ability to mimic almost any wood grain, from ash to zebra, ebony to mahogany.
Four beautiful artifacts bowl, bowl, basket and tray – have surprisingly modest prices, starting at just $ 20 for the smallest piece and $ 52 for the largest container, each an affordable design object that I hope will live there for years, not trash.