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A Tea Set Turns The Flaws Of 3-D Tech Into Poetry

Using new-fangled methods, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez digitally fabricates a familiar object–and renders it into a work of art.

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New technology, by its very definition, has bugs–a frustration for the general user, but a major opportunity for the artist. “These flaws give artists opportunities to explore new mediums in ways that were unintended yet poetic,” Matthew Plummer-Fernandez tells Co.Design. His most recent work, Glitch Reality II, is a gorgeously crude rendering of a tea set, the combination of 3-D scanning, 3-D printing, and a dose of human manipulation.

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The London-based designer began by scanning a set of mismatched china with a Z-corporation 3-D scanner and then roughly repairing the digital mesh files before they were 3-D printed. The resulting tea set, he says, inherits “the glitches from the analogue-to-digital-to-analogue translation” for a look that is both uncannily familiar and strangely new. “It’s like a ghost that comes back from the past,” Plummer-Fernandez says.

The pieces are available through the Shapeways shop.

About the author

A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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