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love/no love for the laser cut

ZAN COL1

personally i'm nearing my maxium capacity for laser cut designs, but they seem to still be popping up everywhere. d*s reader, and fellow design reporter, kristina of three layer cake, was at the imm cologne furniture fair and sent these pictures of the zanotta booth- covered in the laser cut motif. apparently it was all over the show in a major way (in both fashion and home design). i think it's a beautiful technique but for me, i'm nearing "over it" status. what do you guys think? everyone has their own threshold for trends, so...love for the laser cut or no love? [photos from three layer cake, designs by zanotta italy]

ZAN COL2

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Anonymous Kristina said...

Those photos were from Zanotta's press kit, although admittedly the ones I took were identical! Until I got in trouble for taking them...so I witheld them from my site til now!

You'll be seeing these laser-cut techniques, flower-focus, everywhere for this year...fabrics (curtains and upholstery) (Textiles + Wallpapers at last weekend's Maison-Objet were FULL OF THEM) as well as on handbags... All the major design houses (or most of them) have incorporated them into their 'pallettes' for the year... and yes I'm tired of them too.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Scientist said...

I suppose you might date the beginning of the end of laser cut tyvek to *my* purchase of a tord boontje midsummer light, but maybe it's not over just yet. :) I haven't seen rolls of it in Target or K-Mart yet (or even Ikea). Actually, I don't think it's played out yet, it hasn't exactly become a mass market item. Probably still some good mileage left especially since good designers can really get creative with their use of over-used materials. Now chain link fence--that's played out.

10:08 PM  
Blogger jeremy said...

I'm just waiting for the laser-cut Tattoos to show up.

I like laser-cut, but too much of a good thing (like cheap frosting) makes one a bit nauseated.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I'm definitely not tired of my Boontje light, but I AM getting tired of seeing it everywhere else since I bought it. If it gets any more popular, my light isn't going to feel unique any more - which is really going to bum me out.

5:26 PM  
Blogger IMEDAGOZE said...

I agree with Scientist. I've seen many laser cut designer items, but not in the mass market. but I have my doubts, will it ever make it to stores like target/ikea?

laser cut things are still rare in southeast asia. so, I can't say I'm tired of it yet. in fact, it's just the beginning. I would love to see laser cut handbags making their way here. :)

10:52 PM  
Anonymous sg said...

Still loving it, even if it's not cutting edge...ahem...I keep thinking of cool applications I have yet to see, at least in my price range.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous candice said...

actually, ikea does have some laser cut textiles, which they are showing as wall hangings, sliding room dividers, curtains, etc.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Hey Amanda, if you want your Boontje light to feel unique then pony up the $35,000 and buy his Swarovsky chandelier.. :)
I think the laser-cut is a new means by which designers are going a bit crazy with fast, experimental techniques, like with the resurgence of wallpaper. At this point, at least to the 'design savvy', a laser shredded hanging panel is not so groovy anymore. But I think the possibilities are only just beginning once the artists begin playing with different materials, forms, and functions besides only curtains. Which are still nifty, at least to me..

8:55 AM  

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