Ivy 3D printed clutch by Odo Fioravanti for Maison 203

March 21st, 2016 by retail design blog

The new clutch designed for Maison 203 looks like those illustrations in the books of the first botanical explorers: true plant hunters, tireless travellers always in search of unknown seeds and flowers, ready to stun the world with their amazing discoveries.

A closer look reveals another curious similarity: the bag’s structure is based on the football shape, that is the most popular application of the truncated icosahedron – a 3D solid made of hexagonal and pentagonal faces – one of the most intriguing solids known as Archimedean or semi-regular.

This is the origin of the designer’s idea to explore how disc-shaped surfaces on a icosahedric structure could intersect creating a new starred solid. The result of this geometric and rational research paradoxically leads to a decorative effect: it happens that the overlapping surfaces of the clutch turn into leaves and become the key of a pattern that verges on the hypnotic, that draws circles and hexagonal leafy branches. A happy rhythm that speaks of far-away flowers and leaves and reminds of the fascination of the tropics.

Designed by Odo Fioravanti for Maison 203

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