Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic
Typo by David Karásek and Michael Tomalik of mmcité is one of the first planters mass-produced with 3D concrete printing technology, designed for public spaces.
Typo has been awarded a 2023 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Within the industry of urban furniture, mmcité is one of the first manufacturers in the world to introduce products created by 3D concrete printing.
Following solar panels, wireless charging, and green roofs, 3D printing is another innovation mmcité not only experimented with but also introduced to the market in the form of a thoughtful design.
“Times are fast-paced, and customers don’t want to wait. There is always some type of crisis lurking around the corner,” explains the owner and lead designer of mmcité, David Karásek.
“This forces us to be flexible and efficient. That’s why, in collaboration with the technological leader in 3D concrete printing, ICE Industrial Services, the designers have developed the Typo collection of planters,” he continues.
Michael Tomalik, designer of the project, reveals that “This is the first time mmcité has used 3D printing as a final technology. The greatest benefit is the versatility of shapes, which could not be achieved by using traditional molds.”
“Additionally, concrete needs to be cured in the mold for at least a day after casting. With 3D printing, it takes only half an hour, and another piece can be printed.”
“By resembling an imaginary font, letters or symbols, Typo is in its way another form of typography in public space,“ he adds.
The pointed profile of the planter and its branching gives the impression that it’s balancing on its narrowest point.
Additionally, the planters can also be equipped with an irrigation system which makes them a perfect addition to any public space, even the one with a lack of natural rainfall.
Designers: David Karasek and Michael Tomalik
Manufacturer: mmcité a.s.