Technology is a driving force for innovations. That is why the Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany is presenting two exhibitions which focus in different ways on this topic from autumn 2016.
“Digital tools for innovative Design – solidThinking”
In order to introduce innovative products to the market, a harmonious synthesis of design and technology is of enormous importance even in the early stages of the development process. Today, modern software supports designers in their work and enables them to maximally exhaust the potential of a product. From 20 September to 3 October, the studio exhibition “Digital tools for innovative Design – solidThinking” shows how and with which results this works.
A selection of products, developed with the help of the digital tools by software company solidThinking, is on show. The exhibits from the fields of industrial and product design, architecture and engineering explain how the firm’s smart solutions have a formative influence on a product – from the first draft to the determination of the design tendency to the production stage. This way, innovations are developed which convince with both their extraordinary forms and excellent functions.
“Making a Difference / A Difference in Making”
The Red Dot Design Museum Essen will also dedicate an exhibition to 3D printing. From 27 September to 30 October, “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” brings together pioneering 3D-printed works of art, design, engineering and science. The exhibition is curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, architect and recognised researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, and produced by Materialise, a Belgian 3D printing company. The presentation aims to ponder how 3D printing can help individuals, enable social changes and positively contribute to the environment – how 3D printing is making a difference.
Since the technology’s origins, artists and designers have explored its potentials. Their creations often push the boundaries of what is hypothetically possible, and companies and experts take up these experimental challenges to advance their own research. This synergy enables and inspires the expansion of 3D printing to other domains: often it results in technical discoveries that are transferred to successful industrial applications. This exhibition offers the opportunity to explore pluralistic aspects and applications of this disruptive technology. Visitors will see works of renowned artists and designers such as Patrick Jouin, Iris van Herpen, Jan Wertel, Gernot Oberfell and Daniel Widrig.
More information: www.red-dot-design-museum.org