Peter Marigold + Materialise NV, ‘TRUNK’, 2011, Chamber
Peter Marigold + Materialise NV, ‘TRUNK’, 2011, Chamber
Peter Marigold + Materialise NV, ‘TRUNK’, 2011, Chamber

A collaboration between designer Peter Marigold and manufacturer Materilise, “TRUNK” was initially no more than a roughly carved log in the Marigold’s studio. It was laser-scanned to record its three-dimensional form as data and then “reflected” within the computer so as to create a mirror image of itself.

The resulting perfectly symmetrical, three-dimensional form was printed and then cast, in pursuit of vertical bisymmetry, typically found only in fauna, or animals. “I was interested to convert one category to another simply by realigning a piece of a tree as a humanoid via the type of symmetry used,” he said. The finished piece looks like a sculpture but can be used as a stool.