Lin-Lin and Pierre-Yves Jacques are two Parisians creators who are passionate about 3D printing. Using the latest technologies in the realization of their sculptures and light fixtures, the couple puts innovation at the heart of their craft, blurring the boundaries between artist, designer and craftsman.
3D in the service of art and craft
Pierre-Yves Jacques has always been fascinated by 3D modeling. Eight years ago, he decided to embark on the fabrication of unique pieces for artists, sculptors and designers. 3D printing techniques allowed him to make artistic objects with complex elements, which would have been impossible to conceive in the traditional way, and to explore the constraints of this new means of creation.
Jean-Pierre was joined by digital designer and his future wife Lin-Lin in 2014. Together, the couple developed a series of more personal creations, inspired by the atmosphere of Paris where they spend most of their time. Passionate about decoration, they create lamps and other objects for interiors, sculptures with precise and smooth lines.
A new means of expression
To design a new creation, the couple works together closely. After several exchanges on a project, Lin-Lin starts sketching. These preparatory drawings allow the duo to model the volume and work the forms using specialized software. Samples in polymer or metal are then printed in 3D and used to refine the details and perfect the numerical modeling. Perfectionists both, Lin-Lin and Jean-Pierre will complete this preliminary phase only if they are fully satisfied with the result. If called for, they will also hand polish or dye the finished article.
With their lamp series LaceLamps, they designed their first collection of objects produced in limited editions, like works of art. Inspired by the careful work of embroidery, they dress their suspension and table lamps to evoke fishnet lace. With the projection of light, walls are then adorned with a moving and poetic atmosphere. When turned off, the creations are simply seen as beautiful, sculptural elements.
The game of lights and cutouts is once again found in their Animal-Lace collection, where they conceive a series of fake hunting trophies. The net that dresses the sculptures is directly inspired by each animal. So the elephant is covered with patterns of Asian inspiration, the deer is covered in plants, and the bear reveals a theme of oriental designs. Once lit, each animal evolves into a world of its own.
If Lin-Lin and Jean-Pierre’s creations may seem fragile, they are far from it. Made of a soft, light and robust material called polyamide, the objects will not break. Associating this material with lacework has become, over the years, the visual signature of the creators. While continuing their experiments in 3D printing, they are looking to integrate new and traditional materials such as wood and stone into their work. That future is sure to be both alluring and inspiring.