André-Charles Boulle: the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers

André-Charles Boulle: the Design School that Isabelle Mc Gee studied at in Paris was named after this French artist. Mr Boulle, gave craftsmanship and design a new depth: this cabinetmaker is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, even “the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to the fashion he perfected of inlaying brass and tortoiseshell, known as Boulle (or, in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).

Is 3D printing the new “inlaying brass”?

Today, other artists revolutionize the way furniture are made. French Architect Vincent Coste reinterprets 18th century commode with 3D printed design. The work, inspired by a commode originally designed by famed cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle, is a perfect illustration of a combination of “Human made” and “Techno-Made“. “We extracted the ornament of the commode and left the 3D printing software interpret it”, explained the design team.


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When the Palace of Versailles design contest encourage Humans and Machines to collaborate…

Vincent Coste co-designed this commode with Jbaptiste Sénéquier to compete for the “Hack King’s Design”. This competition was initiated by the Palace of Versailles. bBased on a digital file, participants were encouraged to propose a new item of furniture that could be produced using 3D printing techniques to the maximum of their current capacities. The winning work will be forming part of the institution’s exhibition: ‘18th century, birth of design’. The competition jury includes architect Jean Nouvel and design Ronan Bouroullec.

You can vote on your preferred design on the competition’s website, before a winner is announced during the week of February 23, 2015.

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