Poster printing

Meet the French designer who creates fantastic objects thanks to 3D printing

In Audrey Large’s studio in Rotterdam, a fleet of small 3D printers slowly translate her ideas from digital files into physical reality. “It all depends on the fluidity of the material”, explains the French designer about her practice, where drawings on paper, images “sculpted” in animation programs and tangible objects do not exist in a hierarchical order. “3D printing is just a way to bring the files I have – the images I produce – into our material realm.” Large began exploring these ideas in his graduation project in 2017 at Design Academy Eindhoven. But it was his solo exhibition last September at the Nilufar Gallery in Milan that caught the attention of the design world. Titled “Some Vibrant Things”, the ambitious range of tables, shelves, bowls, vases and even a functional fountain were printed in a shimmering thermoplastic polyester called PLA and looked like a mirage. “There is always a tension in what I do, in what the spectator is confronted with”, she explains on this subject. What do I see? effect. “Yes, they look digital, but that’s because they look unreal.” She’s been busy ever since: a new version of her Meta (tower) shelving is being built alongside an eight-foot outdoor sculpture for the Floriade 2022 world horticultural exhibition in the Netherlands. (Larger works should be printed in pieces and then assembled.) She is thrilled to place one of her works in the wild for the first time. “It’s a different relationship between work and the environment,” she muses. “A new kind of contrast.” —Hannah Martin

Designer Audrey Large in her Rotterdam studio with her works 3D printed from digital files.

Kasia Gatkowska