Fitchwork is a collaborative architecture, fashion and product design practice founded by Travis Fitch. Driven by an obsession with pattern, Travis combines geometric research with new design and manufacturing tools to create radical yet rational forms.
Since its conception in 2016, Travis has collaborated with an array of different companies to create projects ranging from runway-worthy 3D printed dresses to 3D printed reinterpretations of traditional homewares, furniture and light installations. .
One of Fitchwork’s most notable projects, the Harmonigraph Dress, is an exploration of the relationship between the body and the cell, where the making of a part is inseparable from the whole. The pattern and geometric structure of the 3D printed dress directly references the Fibonacci sequence – one of the most objectively beautiful natural patterns – and translates it into something that has never been seen before. Historically, it has never been possible to create something like this in physical form. Fitchwork made this dress a reality by embracing the design thinking associated with 3D printing and using available technology.
One of Fitchwork’s other fashion-related projects is “Oscillation”, another 3D printed dress, designed in collaboration with fashion brand threeAsfour and additive manufacturing company Stratasys, exploring multi-material printing in the sewing production.
In addition to these dresses, Fitchwork has created the Texo Door, a reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese Shoji Screen, in collaboration with Japanese design studio Yaitopale. The door was created for a kindergarten in Kobe, Japan, and was made by 3D PLA printing, in a pattern reminiscent of traditional Sashiko stitching, replacing the material traditionally used – paper.
Once again, Travis’ pattern-based thinking was reflected in Fitchwork’s pop-up store Superpattern in Manhattan, New York. The pop-up featured a collection of 3D weaves applied to a range of customizable and made-to-order items. The objects were based on eight fundamental shapes: a ring, a cuff, a bracelet, a necklace, a table lamp, a suspension, a ceramic vessel and a pouf. The objects were made using a combination of plowing and weaving patterns in different methods, including laser-sintered nylon, silver or brass cast via a lost-wax process, and porcelain casting. in a mould.
These processes bend the rules of materiality, freeing interwoven patterns to flow around organic, curvilinear shapes in unprecedented ways.