It’s a classic piece of art: the abstract teapot from Russian painter and theoretician Kazimir Malevich. Because this year it’s 90 years ago that Malevich introduced this famous teapot, a design studio has started a project called Malevich 2.0: the 3D version of the classic teapot.
The project makes it possible for everyone to order a 3D copy of the Malevich teapot online. This teapot is made in a very short but interesting period (1922 – 1924), when experimentation was the absolute standard. Suprematists experimented with abstract designs based on geometric shapes. Malevich (1878 – 1935) was the founder of the Suprematists and he can be seen as a pioneer of geometric abstract art.
In the 1920’s the teapot wasn’t directly accepted by everyone. People even categorized it as “utilitarian irrelevance”. When the teapots were made, the factory faced some very important technical problems. For instance, the director of the factory complained about the fact that the teapot didn’t pour well. Malevich told him that it wasn’t a teapot, but the idea of a teapot. Unfortunately he couldn’t convince the director and only a handful of teapots were made.
But the concept of 3D printing is about to make this 1923 mistake right. Because the technology of 3D printing is very advanced, it’s possible to produce the teapot of Malevich without facing the problems the factory used to have. The new teapot is nearly identical and is as big as 90 percent of the original size. If you are interested, you can buy your own copy at Shapeways. A perfect example of how science and art go hand in hand? Definitely.