The Language of Tape Design

A look at the age-old technique of using full scale clay models and tape in the automotive design process

When you think about automobile design, clay probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. From sketches on paper to refined 3D renderings made in CAD, the design remains almost solely in theory until the team moves to a clay model. Modelers and designers work hand-in-hand to provide precision adjustments to the design, using tape as a shared language. We spent some time in …

Primitivo Terracotta Lamps

Chilean designer Abel Cárcamo Segovia uses painted clay to create lustrous and timeless lamps

Santiago, Chile-based industrial designer Abel Cárcamo Segovia—founder of Primitivo—is most comfortable when playing with natural materials such as wood, wicker and clay to create curious pieces for the home. Terracotta, however, has become his favored medium for molding lamps. His first series “Terracota” (the Spanish spelling) pairs the baked clay with unusual partners of wood and aluminum. The lamps’ edges are irregular, and seem as …