dries verbruggen. unfolding a square box is easy, but unfolding complex forms is something else .................................................................................

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............. the designboom nomination ..............
..... for singular work of art, design, fashion ....

dries verbruggen

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unfolding a square box is easy, but unfolding complex
forms is something else.
this generates new patterns and asks for new production
methods. a computer program developed for unfolding
easy 3d models is used to unfold complex 3d scans.

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100% UNfolding
in aug. 2003 dries verbruggen has sent in the following project
as his entry to the designboom competition under the the theme
'folding chairs' - prototype wanted!
(in collaboration with 100% design 2003, london).
the international jury considered his entry 'out of theme',
as it is a folded chair (and not a folding chair
- which you can easily repete to fold and unfold).
but we were very impressed by it's artistic value and
decided to publish more on dries' work.

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here are his own words:
charles eames was one of the first to press 2D plywood in 3D
objects using high-tech production methods.
I reverse this idea.
as charles eames moulded his foldings, I unfold charles his
mouldings. by un-moulding the lounge chair wood to a flat
square surface, it shows straight lines pop-up that seem to give
you the possibility to fold your own LCW.
the material in which you do this isn't relevant.
the chair has become a flat surface therefore it can be
printed on any flat material.

this work fits into a larger project called UNFOLD in which
the search for a new technique and form language is central,
a tribute to the surface.
starting with the stamp project to calculate my body surface (2001)
and the first unfolding of a 3D bodyscan of myself created in felt (2001).
the cooperation with claire warnier (2002), creating personal jewels
from low-rez parts of her bodyscan: arm (silver), neck (porcelain)
and belly (leather).
this work included also unfolding of my cat sebastiaan.


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dries worked also under the name
united statements for droog design 2003,
- your choice - an exhibition shown in milan.
50 differently priced but absolutely the same bags,
on what base do you choose?
marked up t-shirts (instead of marked down)
the reasons for the different price increases are mentioned on the shirts.
see more
http://www.designboom.com/snapshots/milan03/droog.html



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dries was born november 15, 1979 in brasschaat, belgium.
he graduated from the design academy eindhoven (netherlands).
he is a multidiscipline creator in fields ranging from interior,
design and arts to architecture and video.
dries works together with many different designers,
first under united statements and now under UNfold.be
lives and works in antwerp, belgium.
http://www.unfold.be
(under costruction)




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1.98 m2
calculate your bodysurface, july 2001
picture by claire warnier.


by using stamps of 1cm2, 4cm2,
16cm2 and 64cm2, my body's surface
was measured. the result: 1.98m2



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unfolded man, july 2001

inspired by the stamp calculation and
the first project of UNFOLD in which
the search for a new technique and
form language is central, a tribute to
the surface.



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a complex 3d bodyscan of myself
made by TNO in soesterberg.
the high complexity of the model resulted at
first in a useless pattern.
3 months of work, and still unfinished,
created a pattern which was sewn together
into a 2.5d surface, flat with relief.



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armjuwel, in cooperation with
claire warnier (2002) accessory,
made out of a low-res 3D-scan from her body.



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100% unfolding chair LCW
entry to the designboom competition,
august 2003


unfolding chair LCW, made in cardboard.


unfolding chair LCW, front view.


unfolding chair LCW, side view.