MINTA

A modular structure system

The project

Minta – A modular structure system.

THE CHALLENGE
Architecture and interior design are always looking for cutting-edge surfaces and structural designs; therefore, there is a challenge in creating a truly versatile endless structures capable of being flexible without losing its modularity aspect. Those possibilities combined with sustainable materials create a truly innovative project.

THE SOLUTION
MINTA is a structure system based on the art of weaving. The logic of the handicraft is translated into modular multi-layered surfaces that create a unique aesthetic and customizable design innovated by a 3D software and the technology of laser cutting. By creating the modular system which then must be assembled by hand, we are returning to the roots of the traditional handicraft.

ORSI ORBAN (Germany)

Berlin-based textile and surface designer. Orsi holds a bachelor’s degree in woven fabric design; Master’s degree in textile design, and is passionate about innovation, 3D art, and modular design

MAKERSPACE.HU (Hungary)

Makerspace.hu offers a place to develop ideas and innovations in the form of prototypes and small series. It provides education and access to machinery, tools, and software.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

As a designer and artist I have always been very interested in building connections between surfaces, creating structures. All this I have developed based on the knowledge and logic I gained during my studies in textile design, and more precisely in woven fabric design. After finishing a project, I was in search of new challenges and exciting design ideas. In order to do that I thought I should organize myself and my thoughts, and what better way is there than to organize your direct surroundings? I started going through my shelves where I usually keep some old ideas and small structures, when I came upon a piece I made way back when I just moved to Berlin. I started playing around with it, experimenting with its size, its pattern and its intricacy. It wasn’t long before I started seeing the unlimited potential in this almost forgotten little structure. That day I dove into the world of it and haven’t come up since. 

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

My project started as a passion project. I was trying to create something new based on my existing knowledge — the tradition of weaving — and some newly acquired knowledge — the 3D software and laser-cutting technology I taught myself in the last 2-3 years. As a result, project ‘MINTA’ was born. It’s a new and intricate tool for creating unique, striking surfaces which can be applied in many different scenarios. Such a highly versatile design has a home in a world that appreciates and craves newness. With the structure system, I can create an unlimited number of new designs while also staying in touch with tradition.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

After finding the old piece of structure on the shelf, I started analyzing it and eventually put it into a 3D software. Bringing the concept into the digital realm expanded the possibilities even further, plus it simplified several processes which gave the idea more time and space to grow. My goal with the project was to create a new kind of structure system based on the traditional art of weaving. I have taken the logic of handicraft, innovated it through the software and the technology of laser cutting, and finally closed the circle by creating a modular system that must be assembled by hand — returning, in this way, to the roots of the traditional craft. 

While working on the project I had to face several challenges and difficulties. The two most important ones were gaining software skills and sourcing ready-made materials for the structures. I overcame these difficulties by investing time and effort into training myself in the software and by creating and testing my own laminated materials. Ideas which I couldn’t articulate in the program before became possible, and I also found some unique and promising material solutions with the appropriate attributes (flexibility, tensile strength, cuttable by laser beam).

THE COLLABORATION:

The collaboration between me and my partner company Makerspace.hu, and especially my contact person within the company Atilla Jeremiás Király, has benefited the project in many great ways.  In the beginning Makerspace.hu was supposed to be only responsible for the laser-cutting services, but thankfully Attila’s role in the project quickly outgrew the original idea. He supported the technical side of the project far beyond laser-cutting and also became a partner with whom I could share questions and issues about the project with on a daily basis. By getting our own part of the project done, we were supporting each other’s work and letting the project naturally evolve into something none of us expected in the beginning. This teamwork manifested itself well in the intense last two weeks of the prototyping phase, where all the work we had done during the year resulted in a well-balanced and efficient work-flow. 

THE FUTURE:

With the help of WORTH Partnership Project we have developed a truly unique structure system which can be utilized and expanded in many different fields of design (interior design, product design, furniture design, fashion design, architecture). As of now the product is not yet market-ready. We will need some additional support and investments in order to reach the project’s highest potential. The closing installation investigates the versatility and uncommon aesthetic of the structure system, while also showcasing its potential use in design. We would like to continue and deepen this investigation.

THE MESSAGE:

One should never underestimate the power of collaborations. I always found that putting people from different fields of expertise on one project can bring major benefits to the work due to the combination and cooperation of different minds and different views. These kinds of partnerships often result in the most striking design concepts. These end up being the ideas one individual wouldn’t be able to create alone as they need a group of people from different professional backgrounds to create something new and truly unusual. Be it the collaboration between a graphic designer and philosopher, or between a textile designer and a physicist.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair