3D Metal PanelsPop-up steel partition screens
Old fashioned material handling method with no wastage; the normal etching process creates highly refined cut-out patterns in metal, but this partnership aims to go one step further.
The idea is to create a collection of very thin, modular steel room dividers and to research this most appropriate material for creating thin sheets of steel with large size etching technology (as used in microelectronics). Instead of etching small items -such as components of complex products- the partnership will etch large format metal plates with complex patterns, embedding the method of transforming flat sheets of material into lively surfaces with new characteristics while minimising waste. During the project, a material library of steel, 3D surfaces will be created, as well as a modular system to connect larger pieces, creating an easily adaptable, scaleable system for the consumer.
The project aims to develop enhanced properties for etched steel panels (strength, durability, aesthetics), which are usually used in electronics for high precision screen-printing. This time, it will be applied to aesthetically enhance the steel sheets with new characteristics, such as transparency, three-dimensional structures and reflection.
ALISSA+NIENKE (The Netherlands)
Alissa+Nienke is a material research and design studio specialised in exciting materials for interior architecture. Combining both craftsmanship and high-tech industrial techniques, they design innovative, bespoke surface
materials and installations for interior applications.
STV ITALIA SRL (Italy)
Caino Design is the brand of the STV Group, aimed to offer finely etched metal panels for high-end interior design applications. This results in stylish and beautifully detailed engraved screens, ideal for customising interior design projects.