This Growing Design Began as a 3D-Printed Form Before Nature Took Over

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 12, 2014
References: lauralynnjansen & dezeen
Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly took inspiration from the natural world for this growing design, challenging themselves with the question: "Could we create our own stalactite?"

Jansen and Vailly began with a nylon 3D-printed wireform shape, which was then placed in a thermo-mineral spring. The design duo consulted a lot of science and geology experts in finding this specific spring, which was targeted for its highly concentrated materials—after a few months, leaves that fall in the water turn to stone by petrification. Snapshots of the project reveal the bowl at different stages of petrification at 45 and 92 days.

Although 3D-printing was used to launch the project and rapidly get an initial shape up and going, the rest of the process was a slow one. As Vailly describes, "What interested us was the idea of designing the embryo of a stone object and then letting a natural process take over."