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Antonis Kiourktsis

Antonis Kiourktsis presented a selection of his works created using the 3D printing method, at the 3D Printshow 2014 held in New York on 12–15 February.

The exhibition – especially the part dedicated to art – featured collections of pieces which demonstrate the potential of this remarkable technology and diversity of things that can be created using it. The event also included live shows, such as concerts with printed instruments, a catwalk with 3D printed clothes and jewellery designed by modern designers, as well as a series of seminars and workshops for both experts and the general public.

The 3D Printshow is the leading international show for cutting-edge 3D printing technology whose scope of application is constantly expanding into new scientific and artistic fields: from sculpture, fashion and design to medicine and robotics. The show began in London in 2012 and was a huge success, and the following year visited Paris. It was hosted by the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City for the first time this year.

Antonis Kiourktsis and Antonella Nikolopoulou, his co-worker at Jazzt Design, also recently participated in the 2014 Anti-Design Festival held at Technopolis, Athens, which took place from 16 January to 15 February 2014, where they presented their work ConMonk, a clothes stand created with upcycled post-construction leftover materials. Cement, timber, buckets, coach screws, bolts, rings -objects and materials one can find at construction sites- were combined to build this handy article. A fir-wood beam, a unique material -yet at the same time mass-produced- was transformed into the body of the stand with its flaws in plain view as unpretentious ornaments. The base was cast in a cement-filled construction bucket and bears rings and screws as hangers.

The exhibition makes a bold statement: “we must learn how to use our minds and imagination more, and our purse less. For we must learn how to find solutions that respect and protect the environment and economy. Smart, creative and functional solutions.”

Antonis Kiourktsis studied Architecture at the University of Thessaly, Greece, and contextual design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands, with a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. He has worked closely with Greek sculptor Takis at the Research Centre for Arts and Science. He has participated in international art exhibitions, competitions and commissions, and has received important awards. In 2010, he co-founded the Jazzt Design studio which focuses on conceptual design and the limited production of items and furniture. Convinced that there are no boundaries between art, design and architecture, Antonis Kiourktsis experiments with different media in order to express his vision.