Future 50: Samuel Bernier 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

If 3D printing is a method of the future and upcycling is a buzzword of yesteryear, then Bernier is both a pioneer and anachronism. "Since university I had an interest in upcycling and reusing what people saw as junk and turning it into useful objects," the Paris-based designer says. "I also have an interest in digital manufacturing and how you can make an idea into something physical in just a few hours." Bernier has developed a set of 3D printed elements for his Project RE_, which takes everyday waste such as jam jars and tin cans and turn them into dumbbells, juicers, bird boxes and lamps through the addition of simple 3D printed parts. He has also turned an Ikea chair into a child's bike and a broken shovel into a lamp. "My motive is to improve whatever I can," he says. Bernier's work demonstrates that everyday detritus is filled with possibilities. This summer he will travel to the Boisbuchet campus owned by Vitra to experiment with 3D printing and nature.


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