NEW YORK NY SEPTEMBER 2015
Francis Bitonti Studio has teamed up with United Nude and 3D Systems for the release their collection Mutatio. The collection includes a shoe developed in collaboration with United Nude. The project is a speculation on the future of customization — each shoe in the edition is unique generated by an algorithm developed by the designer. “It’s not so much about making something customizable. I wanted to think of a product as an algorithm,” says Francis Bitonti. Each shoe in the edition is uniquely generated by varying inputs to a computer application we developed in the studio. The same software and algorithms were used to generate an accessories collection to be manufactured by 3D Systems and released this fall. The collection mixes both new and traditional crafting techniques. The heel of the shoe is 3D Printed so that each one can be unique and plated with gold and finished with a leather upper.
Designer Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his blend of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Blurring the line between design and technology, Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform industrialized production systems.
Looking to the future of manufacturing, mass customization, Bitonti sees computational design methodologies and additive manufacturing processes as opportunities to create new aesthetic languages for our built environment. Francis has pioneered a number of techniques for 3D Printing cellular textiles and has made advancements in the field of multi-material printing. His vision is pointed towards a manufacturing future for the information age. The work he has done with Francis Bitonti Studio pushed additive manufacturing to it’s material limits. Applying that vision to every project his self-named design studio takes on.
Learn more at www.francisbitonti.com
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