Biomass, water, air and light. These are four elements fundamental to human life and also the basis for the 3-D printed clothing line "Wanderers." The line is the brainchild of Nexi Oxman, an architect, designer and MIT Media Lab Professor, and was brought to life in collaboration with Christopher Bader and Dominick Kolb, the design team known as Deskriptiv.
The collection features four pieces all designed while considering the hostile conditions of other planets in relation to human life. The intestinal looking, avant garde garments each contain canals for synthetic bacteria to live and grow. “The wearables are designed to interact with a specific environment characteristic of their destination and generate sufficient quantities of biomass, water, air and light necessary for sustaining life: some photosynthesize converting daylight into energy, others bio-mineralize to strengthen and augment human bone, and some fluoresce to light the way in pitch darkness,” writes Oxman. The Deskriptiv team designed what they call "a computational growth process" which allows for a wide variety of growing structures. With natural growth behavior as the inspiration, the process they designed creates shapes which then adapt to their environment, allowing life to flourish within each of these four pieces of the collection.
Each piece was produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material printer and showcase the first time that volumetric color and transparency gradients have been achieved via 3-D printing. This unprecedented merging of design and science represents firsts for both fashion and technology. To view more visit Deskriptiv or Professor Oxman's Material Ecology.