Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards 2012! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to Core77DesignAwards.com
- Project RE_
- Designer: Samuel Bernier
- Category: DIY
- Award: Runner-Up
This experiment of Project RE_ explores 3D-printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Customized lids are created using low cost 3D-printing. They are then clipped or screwed onto standard jars, tin cans and bottles to create new and personal objects.
How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
I was at work, designing urban furniture when I realized what day it was. I got on CORE77 at the very moment where Becky Stern started talking. She is quite famous in the DIY world. After the first notables projects were mentioned I became really stressed. When my name got mentioned, I was extremely happy, but couldn't show it... I was suppose to work.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
The existing designs are often updated by me or by users and more products are on their way. The Instructables page of Project RE_ reached 30,000 visits. Also, a collection of 3D-printed lamp shades is to be published in the next months. We're pushing low cost 3D-printing to its limits.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
It took me more time to choose the color I would use for the project than it took me to design the products. There is a long explanation for the orange... and it is not to match the Core77 award website.
What was an "a-ha" moment from this project?
It was time for me to choose a subject for my graduation project and I couldn't decide between Upcycling, DIY and 3D-printing. I also wanted to build a brand that would be open source and follow simple aesthetic principles. Once I realized I could do all that at once, the project grew by itself.