by Miryam Muller in

Christophe Guberan, a student of Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), designed the Hydro-Fold consisting of an inkjet printer  whose end product are pieces of paper which ‘pleat’ into 3D forms. The machine prints a mixture of water and ink that causes the paper to fold automatically along wet lines and humid areas. It’s hooked up to a computer that can be used to generate patterns for different fold configurations.

The Hydro-Fold will be on display at this year’s Milan Salone Satellite.

Synopsis: The idea is to give shape to paper through the simple use of water, adapting an existing printer to control the phenomenon. This experimental approach allowed me to explore new avenues of research,” explains Christophe Guberan. Indeed, this project is based on a totally new experimental process which, using a printer, a simple sheet of tracing paper and water, creates a transition from 2D to 3D, generating tiny volumes in just a few minutes.