In the (soon-to-be) grand tradition of digi-fab sculptor Joshua Harker, namisu's Octavio Asensio has turned to Kickstarter to produce a new 3D-printed work of art. Where Harker's skulls harken (sorry, couldn't resist) back to the dead as a totemic memento mori, the 3D-REX brings natural history from the museum to your living room. (Two, it seems, is a trend, as Philippe Pasqua's chrome T-Rex skeleton has also been making blog rounds this week.)We came up with the concept of a wireframe fossil, a complex geometric mesh representing one of the most ancient and iconic creatures: the Tyrannosaurus Rex! The concept really appealed to us because it represents a contrast between old and new, mixing nature's own amazing creations with technological advances of today. Though it looked good as a CAD model, the 3D-Printed result blew us away; the way the organic wireframe flows and plays off the light is really quite a sight.
Of course, designers have long looked to the fauna for inspiration—namisu cites the Eames' "House Bird" and Eero Arnio's puppy as a "reminder to keep the world and interesting place through the things we create."
Asensio developed the the project with his friends and fellow designers Adrien Cols, José Cifuentes and Coco Lombarte, who are launching the Madrid/Edinburgh-based studio namisu with the SLS'd 3D-REX. "Our goal is to create truly different decorative objects for your home by using new materials and production technologies."
The 3D-REX comes in two versions: a wall-mounted 'trophy'—you'll have to provide your own plaque—and a tabletop sculpture; the latter is also available in three different sizes and upwards of seven colors (for the medium one). The sculpture starts at just £20 (early bird special) and they're a mere £300 short of their £1,500 goal as of press time.