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MHOX Design – carapace masks . vidiam

Vidiam is a CARAPACE PROJECT product.

Contemporary scientific and technological research are changing the way man relates to his body. Synthetic biology, advanced prosthetics, biohacking let imagine future scenarios of physical transformation and redefinition, aesthetic and performative.

In this direction, Carapace is a possible evolution of the human body in which rigid elements similar to crustaceans’ and insects’ exoscheletons integrate and transform sensory districts: eyes, ears, nose, mouth. The masks collection Carapace is inspired by this vision: fossiles of a possible future, once worn these objects blur the limit between natural extension and artificial prosthesis.

Vidiam: ‘I will see’.

Vidiam mask is the fossile of a sight’s area evolution. A possible transformation caused by the pressure of an overexposed environment and the need for protection through identity’s concealment.

The Carapace pattern is inspired by the microstructure of crustaceans’ and insects’ exoscheletons. Biodigitally grown through a generative simulation, it differentiates objects’ areas allowing to modulate their structure, stiffness, permeability. The Carapace pattern was evolved by MHOX in 2014: carapace pattern.

CARAPACE PROJECT :: Carapace Masks from MHOX Design.

The Carapace Masks collection includes two product lines: Mater masks, Replica masks.

Mater is the high end line. Customized on the 3d face scan of the wearer, these masks are produced as single pieces throughCRP Technology‘s additive manufacturing andWindformmaterials.

The Windform materials are characterized by their mechanical features. Windform LX 2.0 and Windform GThave been chosen to produce this top level face mask for their features: polyamide-based materials reinforced with glass fibers. Free-form design, custom-made solutions and the ability to build superior face masks can be obtained by using the combination of additive manufacturing and Windform materials.

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