advertisement advertisement advertisement Millimeters-thick sheets of delicately etched bronze. Pleated, laser-cut coral collars. This isn’t haute couture, though it could be. These are face masks. advertisement advertisement Nigeria-based architectural designer Tosin Oshinowo and U.K.-based textile designer Chrissa Amuah have created three gorgeous face masks, called Freedom to Move, commissioned by Lexus, which is an official partner of the biannual Design Miami show. The brief asked them to create a “design object of our times,” and what’s more fitting than a mask for 2020? Face masks have been important utilitarian devices this year, but they’ve also been ripe for creative experimentation. There have been futuristic face shields. High-fashion visors from Louis Vuitton. Seemingly NASA-ready clear helmets. And now gorgeous sculptures. As the designers say, “if we must wear masks, let them be spectacular.” They rendered all three of their masks in 3D modeling, then used 3D printers to print a prototype for testing. Next they created molds for casting from the 3D prints. (The acrylic shields were just 3D printed.) advertisement Nigerian #ENDSARS protests against police brutality. In one instance, they were caught up in a protest after landing in Benin to meet with a bronze caster, Oshinowo recalled. They waved… Read full this story
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