Emerging Objects

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As the name suggests, this creative duo gives life to new objects that seem to slowly come to life and engage in our day to day as they emerge and become tangible realities.

Emerging Objects is an independent, creatively driven, MAKE-tank co founded by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello. As they say, they design and 3D print environments for the 21st century—with innovative materials, at unprecedented sizes, and the belief that 3D printing is the medium where good ideas become real.

“The world’s favorite manufacturer of large-scale structures made from unique materials…” — 3Dprintingindustry.com

The shapes are organic, twisting and turning into different shapes that seem alive. Their innovative use of materials plays a big part of the sensory experience the duo creates. From chocolate to cement passing to salt and sand, there is no limit to their imagination when experimenting with the materials in their pieces.
Here is one beautiful project using wood.

The Sawdust Screen is fabricated from 3D printed walnut and the surface retains the layering effect from the additive manufacturing process, which simulates natural wood grain. The screen is comprised of individual 3D printed wood components which are affixed together to form a variably dimensional enclosure and surface
In the Sawdust Screen, the vessels serve as an opportunity for visual porosity. The subtle curvature of each vessel accentuates the openings as convex or concave apertures making the screen both a visual and haptic experience.

Pterocarpus santalinus. L Cross Section

Pterocarpus santalinus. L Cross Section


Design: Virginia San Fratello, Ronald Rael, Molly Wagner and Victoria Leroux Material: Walnut Dimensions: Variable












Emerging Objects are:

Ronald Rael

CEO and Co-Founder

Associate Professor of Architecture

University of California Berkeley
Virginia San Fratello

Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder

Assistant Professor of Design

San José State University


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