NEW CRAFTS — DIGITAL REVOLUTION: Design as a bridge between crafts and digital manufacturing

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Project: La Violeta

El estudiante Julià Serra con Ferran Collado
The student Julià Serra amb Ferran Collado

NEW CRAFTS — DIGITAL REVOLUTION: Design as a bridge between crafts and digital manufacturing

In a context such as the one we are currently experiencing, where more and more users are turning back to personalised creations and better experiences, technology can become a great tool at the service of traditional professions. It is under this premise that New Crafts_Digital Revolution was born, a collaborative project between IED Barcelona and Artesania Catalunya [Catalan Crafts] of the Government of Catalonia which, in its sixth year, also counts on collaboration at a technical level from BCN3D and the Ateneu de Fabricació Digital [Fab Lab] in Gràcia.

Focused on combining crafts with new digital manufacturing and production processes, this initiative has been materialised in projects that explore different hybrid creative processes that bring together the artisanal and the digital realms.

“The synergies that have been created between students and artisans during the development of this project have represented an important turning point in the designers’ learning processes. The value of craftsmanship as one of the fields of action for product design responds to one of the conceptual pillars proposed by the New European Bauhaus: beauty. New Craft_Digital Revolution opens up a new paradigm in which design, technology and crafts can generate new forms of beauty.” Raffaella Perrone, Director of IED Barcelona’s Design School.

The digital revolution of crafts

The projects are the result of the work of students from IED Barcelona’s Bachelor of Arts in Product Design, hand in hand with five master craftsmen and women: Trinidad Contreras (ceramics), Ferran Collado (glass), Rosa Cortiella (ceramics), Francesca Pinyol (textiles) and Florentine Kitchen Knifes (knives). They combine traditional techniques with the latest technologies and digital tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and digital embroidery machines.

New Crafts_Digital Revolution is an initiative through which IED Barcelona and Artesanía Catalunya, along with their partners BCN3D and the Ateneu de Fabricació Digital in Gràcia, aim to reclaim the mastery of the artisan, the desire to do a job well in its own right, and to instil this philosophy in new digital designers so that they can apply these processes and know-how with an avant-garde perspective.

Highlighted Projects

Solos [Alone]

Alfredo Pazymino in collaboration with Ferran Collado

The proposal, materialised through 3D printing, combines a bottle of whisky and a glass inside it  within a single kit. Its simple yet innovative design is inspired by the idea of enjoying this distilled beverage in solitude. Made of glass and wood, with the addition of a cork stopper, its main piece consists of five components that fuse together to contain the glass.

Путь [Journey]

Daria Gorkun in collaboration with Rosa Cortiella

Combining traditional Russian ceramic techniques and 3D printing, Путь [Journey] is a self-portrait of the student, loaded with symbolism. This traditional ceramic work, unpredictable and independent, is combined with a modern, innovative and precise technique that aims to give life to a product that represents the beauty and unity that exists in contrast.


Iker Borde in collaboration with Rosa Cortiella

Eternal is a computer mouse that combines classic ceramics on the upper part and 3D printing on the base. In this way, the use of ceramics — in the classic colour combination of blue and white and with a worn effect — offers a smooth, traditional finish, while the precision of digital manufacturing unifies the upper pieces and houses the electronic components. 

3D Crafted Chef Knife

Jingchuan Yang in collaboration with Florentine Kitchen Knives

3D Crafted Chef Knife is an elegant and functional kitchen knife with a 3D printed handle. Inspired by the brand Florentine Kitchen Knives, based in Barcelona, the student wanted to explore the possibilities of personalising their products through the use of this technique, which enables a greater range of graphic patterns to be obtained for their designs.


Julià Serra in collaboration with Ferran Collado

Axis is a sculptural hourglass-like piece that fuses glassblowing with 3D printing. Refined and innovative, the product is made up of three main tubes with different synchronisations. The different colours of the sands used in each one are inspired by the traditional Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona.


Lorenzo Caula in collaboration with Rosa Cortiella

Aedēs is a dinner service inspired by Sardinian ceramics with digitally designed and laser-cut graphics. The products that comprise the set are decorated with traditional symbols, such as the myrtle or the lapwing, and the organic and irregular forms of the pieces are typical of handcrafted creations. The use of digitalisation and laser cutting to apply graphics to the ceramics reduces the production times associated with drawing and carving by hand. 


Olivia Wärme in collaboration with Trinidad Contreras

Melo unites two products in one: a piece of jewellery that doubles as wireless earphones. Taking crafts as a starting point, the product is composed of different pieces of porcelain together with assembled 3D pieces, thus achieving a perfect fusion of art, design and technology.


Viktoriya Omelyanovych in collaboration with Trinidad Contreras

Faben is a functional art sculpture, since it can be disassembled to form three pieces of jewellery: a brooch, a necklace and two asymmetrical earrings. With a design that appeals to the concepts of union and balance, the elements that form this delicate product are made of porcelain and brass.


Wanying Wu in collaboration with Francesca Piñol

This project explores the debate between technological development and sustainability through the creation of four textile pieces using traditional and digital techniques. The concept is also materialised through the use of a blue thread as a graphic allusion to rising sea levels, as well as in the laser-cut columns that allow the fabric pieces to be assembled, where the word time is engraved in different languages.