écal
From 17.04.2018 to 22.04.2018
Spazio Orso 16, Milan [map]

In partnership with the 3D printing company Formlabs, ECAL Master Product Design students present a range of innovative everyday life objects, produced through a print farm within the exhibition and sold directly on site. Projects from ECAL faculty and alumni are also available. The concept was imagined by Camille Blin, head of the Master Product Design, and Christophe Guberan, ECAL tutor.

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Brochure with explanations

ECAL has turned Spazio Orso 16, a 17th century Milanese palazzo, into a contemporary production site and retail shop inspired by a new vision of digital manufacturing. Lately, most of the product design research into 3D printing has been focusing on new technologies and the shapes they can generate. The idea of this project is to present digital manufacturing as an industrial production tool thanks to a print farm composed of numerous machines printing the same pieces simultaneously. “ECAL Digital Market” offers functional and well-designed everyday objects, created by Master Product Design students as well as by a selection of ECAL-related designers (faculty members and alumni).

The project looks into the possibilities of production on demand. It examines the changing environment of manufacturing processes, it emphasizes how fast and transparent today’s design industry could become, and experiments with new design details that are too intricate to achieve with traditional manufacturing techniques.

Finally, “ECAL Digital Market” highlights the role of the designer in this new production cycle. Thanks to the 3D printers and know-how provided by Formlabs, a large variety of objects such as combs, tape dispensers, mechanical pencils, shoehorns, coat hooks, scissors, spinning tops, shelves and many more are produced and sold on site by the students. The digital files of the objects can also be purchased online: www.ecal-digital-market.ch

Press preview
Monday 16 April, 4 pm – 6 pm 

Opening hours
Tuesday 17 April – Saturday 21 April, 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday 22 April, 11 am – 4 pm

Spazio Orso 16
Via dell’Orso 16
20121 Milano


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Exhibition view ECAL/Calypso Mahieu


Clips ECAL/Eva-Maria Beer

Stem Vase Julie Richoz

Cufflinks Alberto Meda

Lego Parts Christian Spiess

Clothes Hook Sebastian Wrong

Buttons ECAL/Kohei Kojima

Scissors ECAL/Miji Noh

Drafting Pencil ECAL/Margherita Banch

Sucking Vase Chris Kabel

Ballpoint Pen Christophe Guberan  & Dominic Schlögel

Shoehorn ECAL/Ignacio Merino

Pen Tomás Alonso

Ruler ECAL/Sebastian Maluska

Smartphone Cover ECAL/Thomas Missé

Brooch ECAL/Jana Marlene Lippert

Box Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard

Bottle Opener Michel Charlot

Candle Holder Alexis Georgacopoulos

Coat Peg ECAL/Ignacio Merino

Magic Tape Dispenser Industrial Facility

Ear Clips Pauline Deltour

Black Bird Tomas Kral


Flint Thilo Alex Brunner & Jörg Mettler

Round Tray ECAL/Oscar Estrada  & Mu-Hau Kao

Clothes Hook  Adrien Rovero

Tape Dispenser ECAL/Oscar Estrada

Wall Shelf ECAL/Alexandre Picciotto

Flying Spinning Top ECAL/Jakob Reuter

Vessel ECAL/Byongseon Bae

Ear Clips ECAL/Youjung Jeong

Stationery Tray Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Comb ECAL/Chelsea Park

Smjör Brynjar Sigurðarson

Coat Hook ECAL/Victor Moynier

Picture Frame ECAL/Yesul Jang

Spinning Top Nicholai Wiig Hansen

Pea Whistle Anthony Guex 

Bracelet Carolien Niebling & Olli Hirvonen

Whistle Big-Game

Moon Jörg Boner

Small Tray Camille Blin