Print The Future: Design Speaker Neri Oxman on the Cover of ICON Magazine
At the heart of her revelatory design aesthetic is the 3D printer, but she doesn't view this tool as simply a means to create static, three dimensional objects. Rather, she wants to fabricate objects that replicate the adaptability and evolutionary characteristics inherent in the plant and animal kingdoms. She is quick to point out, however, that simply because these ideas exist in the world of artificial design, doesn't mean that craftsmanship isn't still a vital part of the process. "Digital craft," Oxman tells ICON, "beyond its traditional description or meaning…and may be reinterpreted as a set of instructions combining knowledge and application, matter and tools…Today, rapid prototyping technologies offer this knowledge to the people. But there’s obviously more to the notion of rapid craft than hitting the 'on' button. Therein lies the art."
In her keynotes, Oxman expands on her forward-thinking design aesthetic. She explains her vision of creating designs that fuse seamlessly with the natural environment around them—acting in tandem with, not against, the natural world. She is working to provide sustainable solutions to some of the most complex issues facing society today. And, in her jaw-dropping presentations, she shows us how her intriguing designs can merge nature and technology to create a happier, healthier, future for us all.