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What is this?

Low, curving oval form of pierced, white polyamide with depression in center.

Why is this in our collection?

As of 2011, rapid prototyping is still a relatively new technology, most often employed to produce medical devices or industrial items such as car parts. Since 2004, however, the Belgian manufacturer Materialise NV has been inviting architects and designers to utilize rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques to create furniture, lighting, and other functional objects for the domestic landscape. The digital technology allows designers (and, eventually, consumers) the freedom to create a variety of forms that can be customized and produced as limited editions or unique works; it also presents an alternative to traditional mass production methods that rely on standardization to achieve ease of manufacture... more

This is a fruit bowl from Belgium. It is dated 2005 and we acquired it in 2011. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

laser-sintered polyamide (nylon)

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.4 x 30.5 x 62.2 cm (2 1/2 x 12 x 24 1/2 in.)

This object was manufactured by Materialise NV and designed by Amanda Levete

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Materialise NV

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18760611/ |title=Fruit Bowl, "Future Systems", 2005 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=1 November 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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