Daniel Chris­tian Tang

Spring 2017

Fashion (Canada) - - Patriot Love - —Jac­que­lyn Fran­cis

Ar­chi­tec­ture is not fun,” says Mario Chris­tian La­vo­rato, when I ask if he has any plans to re­turn to his field of study. Maybe this is ob­vi­ous be­cause we are talk­ing about Daniel Chris­tian Tang (DCT), the 3-D-printed fine jew­ellery brand he started two years ago with his brother Luca Daniel and for­mer ar­chi­tec­ture class­mate Heng Tang. De­spite La­vo­rato’s dec­la­ra­tion, all their pieces are in­spired by ar­chi­tec­ture. The Hive (above) is DCT’s riff on the hexag­o­nal bee­hive de­sign that La­vo­rato de­scribes as “one of the strong­est struc­tures in na­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture.” A DCT pro­to­type is made us­ing ar­chi­tec­ture soft­ware, and that, he says, al­lows them to do “re­ally in­cred­i­ble things that you can’t do with jew­ellery-de­sign soft­ware.” It took a to­tal of 400 hours to con­cep­tu­al­ize the Hive be­fore it went via file trans­fer to a Hong Kong man­u­fac­turer to be printed out us­ing gold pow­der. While the med­i­cal and au­to­mo­tive in­dus­tries have jumped into 3-D print­ing, La­vo­rato says it’s not as com­mon in re­tail and mass pro­duc­tion, although he pre­dicts this will change as peo­ple dis­cover the true ap­peal of this tech­nol­ogy. “The amount of hu­man er­ror is al­most zero,” says La­vo­rato. “It comes out ex­actly the way it’s sup­posed to look.”

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