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Ceramic Bodies is a 3D puzzle of mutually deforming vases.

The collection by German designer Jörg Hugo comprises four digitally produced vases that fit together perfectly.

Hugo’s work focuses on the relationship between materiality, form and space. He develops research-driven techniques in the field of design and architecture by digital and analogue design methods and production techniques.

Ceramic Bodies is a collection of four vases that fit together to form a three-dimensional puzzle of mutually deforming vases, which seemingly lean on one another thanks to soft interlocking surfaces.

Ceramic Bodies by Jörg Hugo
Ceramic Bodies is a collection of four vases that fit together to form a three-dimensional puzzle of mutually deforming vases – © Jörg Hugo

They influence each other by different degrees of viscosity, a process Hugo made more efficient with the help of digitisation.

“All porcelain bodies were 3d-scanned, retopologized and modified making it possible to change scale, adapt shrinking factors and optimize the stability of each porcelain body in a short period of time,” he explains. 

“The gravity point had been analyzed and, if necessary, optimized by modifying the outer envelope to guarantee sufficient stability of the final piece.

“The plaster molds for the optimized geometry were CNC-milled directly from gypsum blocks in order to reduce the traditional amount of working steps” explains the designer – © Jörg Hugo

The plaster molds for the optimized geometry were CNC-milled directly from gypsum blocks in order to reduce the traditional amount of working steps.

This process leads to a cost- and time-efficient manufacturing process and a wide range of formal variation,” he adds.

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Ceramic Bodies by Jörg Hugo
Digital fabrication techniques have transformed the world of ceramics by making it possible to create unusual shapes, textures and patterns – © Jörg Hugo

Digital design generates unbelievable forms

Digital fabrication techniques have transformed the world of ceramics by making it possible to create unusual shapes, textures and patterns, like those of Denmark-based designer Hilda Nilsson, which we published last year.

Here, Hugo’s approach is a little less embellished and instead demonstrates the potential of using 3D scanning to create simple, interdependent objects that look impossibly hand-made.

Ceramic Bodies by Jörg Hugo
“All porcelain bodies were 3d-scanned, retopologized and modified making it possible to change scale” explains the designer – © Jörg Hugo

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