By: Studio Libertiny, 2015
Material: Epoxy & natural beeswax
Manufactured by: Materialise
THE GATE illustrates how 3D printing can be used to collaborate with nature; namely, how bees can “naturally” design a structure. THE GATE is made by printing a miniature gate; letting bees to deposit wax around it and; scanning, enlarging and printing the bee’s version.
Tomáš Libertíny studied at the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia, focusing on engineering and design. In 2001, he was awarded an Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he explored painting and sculpture. He continued his studies in painting and conceptual design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. After receiving the prestigious Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the Master’s program at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he received his MFA in 2006.
In 2007, he founded Studio Libertiny | experimental design and architecture studio | in Rotterdam, where he explores conceptual and physical strategies in the design and construction of objects. Libertíny’s curiosity for nature, technology, and science is the foundation of the studio’s innovation and experimentation. He translates this curiosity into functional objects, poetic and artistic statements, or future concepts. In collaboration with a talented group of individuals, he realizes projects, which require an innovative and informed approach to materials and building technologies, for a wide range of clients, private collectors, and institutions. Past clients include Louis Vuitton, FENDI, Christofle, Design Miami/Basel, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Studio has also collaborated with several established galleries such as MOSS New York, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, FUMI, Perimeter Art and Design, and Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Libertíny’s works are showcased, amongst others, in the Museum of Modern Art, Cincinnati Art Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, including numerous exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Holon Design Museum, 21_21 Design Sight, the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as on the Paris Metro and The Colbert Report.