Malika Dzhamaldaeva wins the “Create His-Story with Ceramic Figurines”, launched by Istituto Marangoni in partnership with Cappellini. The third edition of the international design contest was inspired by the story of Kaspar Urz, the porcelain figurines collector in Bruce Chatwin’s novel. Aspiring designers were requested to design a decorative figurine in ceramic or porcelain, depicting real or imaginary characters, with a size limit for height of 15 cm.
Her project “Awaken the Giant” involves a figure resembling Michelangelo’s David, who floats inside a box in foetal position. Runner-up Bibimariyam Mussakhanova presented her project “Sweet Neighbour”, inspired by the Sakkaros, the family made of sugar that melts in the rain in Isaac Asimov’s short story “Rain, Rain, Go Away”.
Both projects mockups were realized with the help of Sharebot 3D printers. “Awaken the Giant” model was realized with Sharebot Spirit, a high precision DLP 3D printer; “Sweet Neighbor” used Sharebot 42, our professional 3D printer with filament deposition (FFF) for desktop engineering.
Awaken the Giant
Malika Dzhamaldaeva won the contest. Her project “Awaken the Giant” involves a figure resembling Michelangelo’s David, who floats inside a box in foetal position, which is partly inspired by refugees crammed into unseaworthy crafts, partly by John Lennon’s pose in Annie Leibovit’s iconic photograph appeared on the January 1981 issue of Rolling Stones and taken in the morning of December 8 1980, a few hours before his death.
Central topics were precision and resolution. The human figures (having to stay inside the contest limits) is small but we were asked for the highest precision: the concept is based mostly on emotions and feelings: the watcher must feel the anxiety and suffering the figure is feeling. Because of those reasons we used Sharebot Spirit, our professional low-cost 3D printer with DLP technology, so that we could reach the highest resolution (50 microns on Z) with smooth, precise and detailed surfaces.
Runner-up Bibimariyam Mussakhanova presented her project “Sweet Neighbour”, inspired by the Sakkaros, the family made of sugar that melts in the rain in Isaac Asimov’s short story “Rain, Rain, Go Away”. The project shows a porcelaine coaster and a figurine (who reminds us a sugar puppet) that arose from it. Plate shape is modelled to resemple a puddle: the teacup heat models the sugur to transfrom it into something different.
Sharebot worked together with Istituto Marangoni to create the prototype: first step was about choosing the right 3D printer for the model. Knowing the size and feature the mockup should have, our technicians choose to use Sharebot 42, our filament deposition professional 3D printer. The model maximum width is 200 mm while it’s high is less than 150 mm (as the contest requests). We used our PLA-S material with the Sharebot HQ profile (standard speed and 0.1 resolution on Z).