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Studio Minimètre, by Bérénice de Salvatore & Bastien Chevrier
In the vast world of 3D-printing, with its infinite possibilities, Studio Minimètre is spearheading the application of responsible materials into all layers of everyday life. From home decoration to medical equipment and even the occasional fashion runway, their designs ask pertinent questions – and give solid answers. Can 3D-printing really change our economy of objects? Yes, by optimising printing time and producing locally. But what about all the plastics? By introducing eco-responsible materials and designing without printing waste, every finished piece respects the human body and its natural environment.
Those finished pieces are the result of a truly experimental practice, incorporating product design with digital craft and material science. Studio Minimètre is customising their printers and expanding their tool set to be able to print more objects out of more waste streams - wood, concrete, metal, natural stone or event mussel shells from Brussels finest restaurants. The shapes of their designs also testify of Studio Minimètre’s top tier expertise. Using the coiled surface of a piece as a screwing thread. Opening or closing a material surface to obtain stiffness and flexibility in precisely the right places. These kinds of design decisions have led to the creation of custom tools for other professionals, such as textile artisans or medical practitioners.
Together Bérénice de Salvatore and Bastien Chevrier are Studio Minimètre. Bérénice got her masters in industrial design from La Cambre (Brussels) and Bastien got his in product design from ECAL (Lausanne). Since graduation they have each worked for diverse clients, both locally (such as furniture manufacturer Ateliers J&J, textile designer 1030 Blackwool, legendary Brussels bakery Maison Dandoy) and internationally (Tupperware, P&G, Andreu World or MIT Boston). In 2019 they decided to found Studio Minimètre in order to focus on 3D-printing. Their joint studio took off in 2020 with the production of protective gear for first line medical personnel during the COVID-pandemic. Their visor and mask clip have been widely published and the visor was selected for the 1048th edition of the unofficial most prestigious design award of Belgium: the Mannekenpis costume. Studio Minimètre sells their work via their website and produces on demand. Next to developing new products and collaborations, they will focus on the democratisation of their designs and their expertise. From individual clients to big companies, they want to involve as many parties as possible in the urgently necessary transition to a sustainable and circular way of producing and using our things. Studio Minimètre believes in designing objects together that have a story to tell.