Traditional lacework is a complex process of hand-stitching patterns onto a piece of parchment and linen, with a small piece often taking many hours to complete. Modern technology enables a similar effect to be achieved in unexpected forms and materials using computer software and mathematical algorithms.
LACESCAPE TABLE by Miro Roman and Luka Vlahovic features a pattern developed by Croatian lacemakers which was then digitally reproduced and fabricated. Produced on a sheet of metal rather than in textile form, the lace takes on a stiffness that allows it to be manipulated into complex surfaces.
The table is bent and folded into a simple, minimalist shape that balances the intricacy of the lace design. Two addition tables in the series take the basic shapes from other traditional Croatian lace patterns and transform them into similarly streamlined tables.
Three digital processes make these tables possible: one creating infinite lace landscapes, one stylizing them, and the third giving them their origami-like shape. As such, explain the designers, the human working on these creations no longer manipulates the object itself, “but designs and directs the rules, systems and narratives that will generate, produce and promote that object.”