Designer Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his blend of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Blurring the line between design and technology, Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform industrialized production systems.
Looking to the future of manufacturing, mass customization, Bitonti sees computational design methodologies and additive manufacturing processes as opportunities to create new aesthetic languages for our built environment. Francis has pioneered a number of techniques for 3D Printing cellular textiles and has made advancements in the field of multi-material printing. His vision is pointed towards a manufacturing future for the information age. The work he has done with Francis Bitonti Studio pushed additive manufacturing to it’s material limits. Applying that vision to every project his self-named design studio takes on. “My design process is a collaboration with artificial intelligence,” Bitonti explains. “We’re transposing these ideas from digital design methodologies to tangible consumer experiences and products.”
Francis Bitonti’s work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design and has recently has garnered media coverage for the 3D printed gown created for fashion icon Dita von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it was debuted at Ace Hotel in New York City. His work has also been published internationally including publications such as Wired, The New York Times, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. Francis Bitonti currently lives in New York where he runs his design practice.