It’s Beijing Design Week at Parkview Green in the capital city, which means you’re either seeing constant updates on Twitter or you didn’t know Beijing even had such a thing.
Either way, Beijing Design Week (BJDW) promotes design and infrastructure within the city and often showcases the latest in contemporary design. What makes this year so different for the event is not only their collaboration with sustainable-focused venue, but a 3D printing theme. Not only is there an art installation named Vulcan created by the Laboratory for Creative Design, there are also 3D printed clothes and accessories from an array of artists, designers and clothing companies. Some so exotic, that, if it was any other day, you would be questioning what these people were doing in a mall.
No, these aren’t models wearing paper, even though a lot of highbrow fashion looks the type. Rather these are intricate pieces–far from practical–made with 3D printing technology, and all fashion brands are getting in on the trend. Clothing lines include NE-TIGER, Stella McCarthy, and Brazilian brand Coletivo Amor de Madre. But, it’s not all about bizarre fashion and other worldly installations.
One of the larger exhibits named HIVE, by DeFacto, is a pop-up project that aims to stress the importance of community input in urban development. And another project from Deconstruct Living where furniture designer Henrique Stabile creates furnitures that members of the public may modify to their taste.
Though it all sounds superficial (it is fashion after all), there are various stations dedicated to solutions for pollution and recycling. For example, Mir created organic tote bags that is supposed to reduce pollution. (Someone tell Whole Foods!) There are also handbags and scarfs made with recycled materials, such as rubber. Though it’s all ambitious, the event does a great at not only showing how far 3D printing can go, but that fashion can actually help the environment. Who would’ve thought? See more 3D printed fashion here.