Design On The Grid … Rewritten or cloaked

With the advent of 3D printing the only limitations of creativity are the size of the printer… and the imagination.

The Throne Of Paris – John Briscella

John Briscella’s thought-provoking design merges the private interior of the home with the public space of the city.  His chair––or throne, as it is more appropriately titled––was made by molding a 3D printed map of Paris around a Louis XIV chair, and subsequently aluminum anodizing the plastic  substructure.

“The modern city is controlled by the grid – We should not let the grid control your creativity!” So says Urbanist John Briscella who is now showing works in response to experiencing modern city grids at the WALKING CHAIR gallery in Vienna.

Image Credit:  MocoLoco   

Excerpts form the WALKING CHAIR

John Briscella’s projects communicate new spacial concepts for cities by introducing simple ideas into everyday life and surroundings. From the smallest iterations, to large-scale urban compositions, the works respond to experiencing environments in their contextual relationship to the observer.

3D Printing today consist of many products with generative geometric patterning… These topological hexagons and varying primary shapes seem to make the product a definitive work, showing relationship of the pattern to the product.  Briscella by combining the Louis XIV Chair and the city map of Paris, the 3D patterning was overlaid and molded, creating  a union and the product have similar semantics. Stories of their union could be told or reinvented…

The design works in several ways:

First, it is a shell of the existing Louis XIV chair. It can function as a camouflage or protection of the chair.  Also, it can exist as it own piece of furniture. Your able to sit upon the throne of Paris.


Coupled with the development of 3-D printing now in it’s infant stages of creating form from layers of repetitive and selective processing – now scientist are close to creating a cloaking device that will renders people, items, vessels invisible … currently the process works to render items invisible to thermal disclosure but they are close to completing experiments…on cloaking for scientific and security and other purposes.

Other works by John Briscella