ODK Design recently shared with us their newly released product, AESTUS, a series of stratified wooden vases. Designed by German architecture and wood researcher Oliver David Krieg, the vases merge art and engineering, with each one having a unique form, custom carved from premium beech wood using a 7-axis industrial robot.
[via press release]
Odk.design is proud to announce the release of AESTUS, a series of stratified wooden vases exploring a new synthesis of traditional materials and modern technology. AESTUS blends material and machine. Carved from hundreds of layers of wood by an industrial robot, the vases capture the fluidity of the machine’s movements in the depth of the wooden texture. Merging art and engineering, AESTUS is meant to celebrate the emerging aesthetic potentials of contemporary wood design.
AESTUS is the first product design project from German architecture and wood researcher Oliver David Krieg. Building on almost ten years of experience in digital manufacturing of complex wood structures, AESTUS seeks to express the forces of formation in robotic fabrication, and to explore the dynamics of human, material and machine.
Each vase is meant as both an expression of the aesthetics of a modern manufacturing process, as well as a statement for contemporary wood design. The series’ distinctive material and iconic shape blends modern and traditional design qualities. Displayed in tandem or as a conversation piece, each of the four vases in the series is functional and durable. A brushed stainless steel inset marks the lip of the vase and serves as a durable water repository, which ends at the bottom as a setback platform. A wax finish serves as a natural protection to the wood. The vases are produced by the German carpentry Georg Ackermann GmbH, who worked closely with odk.design to allow for a direct data transfer from design to production. AESTUS is sold online on www.odk.design.
AESTUS is both a story of material exploration as it is of technical prowess. Each piece is reconstituted from layers of beech plywood that are pre-cut and assembled before milling, giving each vase its unique grain and stratified look. Each vase is then formed by the bespoke kinematics of a 7-axis industrial robot. Pushing the limits of 3D milling, in both tool path design and tooling complexity, each groove in the piece re-conciliates the destructive forces of the milling tool on the material with the precise movement of the robot. As the grooves follow the vase’s shape down in a spiral pattern, they expand and contract in waves, capturing a moment of movement on the differentiated wooden texture. Ultimately, digital design, simulation and fabrication techniques
serve merely as steps to reveal the unique material and tactile qualities of each AESTUS piece.
About the founder:
Building on almost ten years of experience in digital manufacturing of complex wood structures, Oliver David Krieg founded odk.design in 2018 as a platform to explore the relationship between design and making, or more precisely, between the complexity of natural materials and the elegant precision of digital manufacturing. Oliver David Krieg was a research associate and group leader of the Computational Wood Architecture group at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, and recently joined the technology driven architecture firm LWPAC and Intelligent City as Director of Technology, in Vancouver, Canada.
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