Odo Fioravanti: Armure

Armure, the 3-D printed clutch designed by Odo Fioravanti for Maison 203 as a crossover between geometrical and organic shapes has been presented at Maison et Objet.

Odo Fioravanti, Armure clutch, Maison 203
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous” reminds us Aristotle.
It is in the detail of a flower or fruit that the most unexpected shapes hide, ready to be caught by a curious and original glimpse. In Armure, the first clutch by Maison 203 designed by Odo Fioravanti this unconventional observation of nature turns into a project intuition which results in a crossover between geometrical and organic shapes, between technological execution and natural inspiration.
Odo Fioravanti, Armure clutch, Maison 203
Odo Fioravanti, Armure clutch, Maison 203

What underlies the project is a botanical survey, and more specifically a study of the cypress fruit: the small spherical pinecones are characterised by a hidden soul, on which raised scales seem to float, as plates of a wooden armour separated by thin gaps. This spurred the idea of using round shapes, almost suspended over an inner volume, that reminds of the structure of a pinecone.

“The two overlapping layers create a depth effect” – the designer esplains – “and the clutch is reinforced by this gentle elastic armour, a sort of exoskeleton made possible by the versatility of the 3-D printed.” The delicate outer armour, thanks to the system of protruding plates, hides the opening, fitted with a handy magnet-based system: thus, the clutch – wholly made of sintered nylon – looks like a perfect shell, a small ripe fruit that turns into a woman’s accessory with a strong aesthetical impact.

A thin chain completes the bag, allowing it to be used also as a shoulder bag.

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