William Stokes, July 30, 2013
Having founded AndreyAndShey studio in 2011 fresh out of Shenkar College of Engineering in Tel Aviv, Andrey Grishko and Shay Nifusi are establishing a working practice that blends traditional processes with hi-tech methods. Their new series of woven furniture combines 3D printing inspired processes with simple forms.
Passing a length of fiberglass thread through pigmented resin before wrapping around a pre-designed shape, Grishko developed the technique as part of his final project for his degree, creating a hardwearing shell that can by used in furniture or lighting. “The project was influenced by 3D printing technologies, but in the same time the shapes are pretty simple and clean and not ‘digitalised super forms’ like we use to see in the 3D printing world,” Grishko tells the LiP. “Digital manufacturing allows us to duplicate the products on the one hand, and make small but meaningful changes that will make any product unique on the other”.
This hybrid approach is beginning to gain traction in a design world that has become more familiar with the possibilities (and limitations) of existing 3D printing technology. While it undoubtedly offers huge potential for future research, the excitement with which advancements were welcomed a few years ago has given way to a more nuanced understanding of its place within the broader range of design processes. “As a young studio we love to face challenges and push our limits to the end, but in the same time we also work on traditional projects like injection molding products. We think it’s a good spectrum of work for a healthy studio life,” says Grishko.
Having trained in industrial design, and now leaving their mark in product design, the duo are representative of a new wave of design talent who draw freely on a wide range of disciplines. “As time passes design disciplines are melting into each other and the lines between them are disappearing. Other disciplines like engineering and computer science are joining them too,” says Grishko. “The supporting tools are more available to us than ever. For example, I learned mechanics during the woven furniture project from YouTube tutorials and 3D printing blogs, and as a result I was able to build the winding machine by myself”.