Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, Exhibit, Images, PATTERNS / 3form Design

Venice Biennale 2010 Exhibit

Lucent Saddles Exhibit, Italy – design by PATTERNS + 3form Advanced Technology Group

17 Aug 2010

Venice Biennale 2010 Exhibit News


Lucent Saddles

VENICE — Blurring the boundaries between architecture and industrial design, “Lucent Saddles” is the outcome of a collaboration between PATTERNS, a cutting edge-design office, and the material science experts at the 3form Advanced Technology Group.

PATTERNS’ inventive design pushes the aesthetic and atmospheric possibilities of 3Form’s Varia Ecoresin® system, creating a sculptural ensemble marked by translucent color, organic materials, sheer textiles and embossed textures. The project explores the power of sophisticated rendering and manufacturing techniques—deploying concepts like “saddle surface” geometry and non-uniform tiling—to produce playful and luminous solid objects.

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One of the most forward-thinking material fabrication teams in the industry, 3form’s Advanced Technology Group has worked with architects to create some of today’s most exciting contemporary design. The group previously teamed up with PATTERNS in the construction of PRISM, a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles that sports the first façade in the nation to be built entirely of resin-based composite.

Lucent Saddles is the next step in an evolving cooperative practice between PATTERNS and 3form that aims to develop a family of customized ornamental objets d’art, a line of products at once beautiful and affordable, mass produced yet unique.

Lucent Saddles will be exhibited at the Austrian Pavilion as part of the 12th edition of the prestigious Venice Biennale. Curated by a foreign architect for first time in its history and with an impressive international constituency, “Under Construction”, is organized by Commissioner Eric Owen Moss and will run from August 29 to November 21 2010


Co-founded by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich, PATTERNS is a design research architectural practice based in Los Angeles and operating globally. PATTERNS work has gained international recognition for its innovative approach to design and architecture that fuses advanced computation with an extensive understanding of form, tectonics and materials.

Members of a so-called digital generation, what sets PATTERNS apart is not only its overt ambition to materialization but the quality and extent of realized work. Recently completed projects includes FyF house in Argentina, Prism Contemporary Art Gallery in Los Angeles, a Chengdu Hybrid Office Building in China and Jujuy Redux Apartment in Argentina. Exhibited and published worldwide, PATTERNS first comprehensive book-monograph entitled “Embedded” is forthcoming by ACDCU.

About 3Form

3form is the leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials and architectural hardware solutions for the Architecture + Design industry. 3form’s Advanced Technology Group, recognized today as one of the most innovative material science divisions in the industry, is able to custom create materials not available in the industry to achieve the design intent of projects. The group includes architects, engineers, material science experts, and the latest technologies available to design and test material performance and systems.

3form’s Advanced Technology Group was instrumental in the creation of the real wood translucent panels used to clad the interior of the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in NY in collaboration with Diller & Scofido + Renfro and FX FOWLE, among other projects.


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