Client Spotlight: Cristina Gabriele, Jewelry Designer London/NYC

NEW YORK, 8.25.14

laser cut clear acrylic necklace

laser cut clear acrylic necklace


BB: Where did you grow up?
CG: I was raised in South London, we moved progressively further South as the years went on, I love the UK.

BB:  Where and what did you study at University?
CG: I completed my undergraduate degree in Boston actually, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.

BB: What did your parents do for a living?
CG: My father was a truly miraculous man, he was an investment banker, amongst other things. My mother has always been and remains a renaissance woman. She taught music, was a food critic & writer, she had a career as a model, I’m very lucky, I have remarkable parents; and an astoundingly brilliant brother too.

BB:  What was the first thing that inspired you creatively?
CG: Music most certainly; music was very much part of my childhood, some of my fondest memories have specific melodies and lyrics attached to them, I visit them often in my daydreams.


BB:  Why did the cable tie capture your imagination?
CG: What a fascinating object, it’s incredibly intricate and facetted yet it moves / functions so seamlessly. It has a thousand applications, its very suggestive, you find it scattered everywhere (even in the most obscure places). I find its permanence spellbinding; there is an end to it, it cannot be undone. It’s so very detailed, there is this feeling of perfect fit when you play with it; such synergy to be discovered with its interlocking abilities; it is both masculine and feminine. It’s interactive, you get to DO something with it, anything. It provides you with the ability to stage a mini secret 20 second performance (just for yourself) with the pulling action of “zzziiippp...” there is something deeply captivating and addictive about its sound. You’re plugged in. It seems a remarkably harmonious, balanced, almost zen-like object, yet there are these undertones... its aggressive yet graceful, mysterious, provocative, sexless. It’s practical, yet none of it’s functionality takes away from its beauty. For me, it’s an obsession, I’m hooked, there’s no turning back.

BB:  What contemporary artist/designer do you admire?
CG: Ying Gao, she’s an astoundingly talented designer from Montreal. Her “Walking City,” dresses were the first to capture me: she conceptually achieved out of garments that which I look to achieve in the future with jewellery. She constructed these meticulously perfect origami / accordion like dresses that literally breathe. The garments are wired with pneumatic pumps that respond to approaching spectators; I liken the experience to advancing towards a sea urchin and watching him swiftly tuck away his spines in response. I’m fascinated by the notion of interacting with design objects as living beings and giving them a life of their own. 

BB:  How would you describe your style?
CG: I don’t know that I can describe it, only because I am not an observer of my style, rather I’m the one choosing and experiencing it. True style is an expression, an innovation, a constant exploration of self, of identity, but it does not mimic. I believe people with true style dress first and foremost for themselves, its an emotional experience, an emotional response to the self each day; it allows you to connect with yourself artistically and creatively if you so choose.

BB:  New York and London design scenes are . . .
CG:  . . . remarkably different, London is wilder while New York is more tempered and streamlined, its less eccentric, however very elegant. For me New York is more Parisian in its aesthetic, its sleeker, London is batty, unconventional, outlandish. I feel very fortunate to be able to combine the two: being raised in London while hustling in New York?
I get to be a sleek freak!

BB: Why did you make the move to acrylic laser cut jewelry? What’s in store for new work? 
CG: I always knew I would play with other materials and different technologies, there was never a doubt in my mind. I was provided an incredible opportunity this past February to present in New York Fashion Week for AW14 and I decided to leap into the world of acrylic. Conceptually I likened laser cutting technique to Miyake’s “one piece cloth,” the notion of working with one sheet of any material, I find fascinating and energizing. Not only does technology allow you to democratize design with experimental materials, it allows you to become more efficient, resourceful and prudent; also it never provides a ceiling to your imagination. While CROMA is my joy and focus at the moment, I am bustling with ideas, there is much to come.

BB: Who is the woman that wears your jewelry?
CG: Wonderfully, both men and women wear my jewellery; the loveliest part of all is that the designs are becoming increasingly unisex: men are buying “womenswear,” women are buying “menswear,” its brilliant. While I have historically created more male centric or female centric pieces, the designs have always intended to be flexible. My client tends to be inquisitive, detail oriented, intelligent, curious, expressive, confident, empowered, refined and playful; however these remarkable individuals take a thousand forms. CROMA is selling across the board and I couldn’t be happier.


BB: From bespoke to mass manufacturing, where does success lie for you between the two?CG: It depends entirely on what sort of company you are looking to create and run. Ideally I’m looking to apply bespoke ideals to the mass market, I believe technology might be the key to this.

BB:  As digital fabrication grows, how do you see it affecting labs like FABberz?
CG:  Fashion and Technology are slowly but certainly courting one another, we are continuing to witness the surge of “Wearables,” and of course this will eventually provide enormous opportunities for labs like FABberz and for the designers that choose to engage with digital fabrication. Eventually, I imagine independent designers and fabricators will merge, allowing for local and in house production. Just as we use pattern makers and seamstresses for garment construction, eventually labs like FABberz will be called upon more consistently for digital construction and additive / subtractive manufacturing processes. There is much to look forward to!

BB:  How do you see manufacturing partners like FABberz evolving in the future, to serve entrepreneurial designers such as yourself?
CG:  I touched on this briefly above, essentially we are imagining the atelier of the future! I’m certain that within the next few decades, these sort of relationships will be abundantly prevalent. Its a very natural, logical and desirable shift: you need the wild imagination of the artist to push boundaries and the technical expertise of the engineer to articulate these concepts and bring them to life. Everything will be more “design” centric.

BB: Tell us the story of how you came to work with FABberz.
CG: Josiah and I met in London just before I launched Heart & Noble in the Fall of 2012; I was drawn to him immediately. Our first real tete a tete was at the top of Dover Street Market; they have a tiny pocket cafe there which had very much become a staple in my existence. Jo was fond of DSM too; it seemed the perfect location for our first meeting: two young creatives coming together, both passionate, eager and looking to dig their teeth into their respective markets. I had referred to the eatery, descriptively, as the “little baby cafe.” Swooping around the corner, I hear the brilliant Jo asking the maitre d’ “Pardon me, is this the little baby cafe?” Fairly bewildered, the kind gentleman ushered Jo into the bistro to find me tucked into one of their miniature corners with an enormous smile breaking across my face; from that moment I knew we were going to become fast friends and would share many a creative endeavor together.

BB: Tell us how being part of Manufacture NY has helped your business?
CG: Being surrounded by bright, motivated, ambitious yet grounded individuals on a daily basis is a huge rarity and an enormous pleasure. Manufacture New York provides support for burgeoning designers by providing a platform; each designer has the flexibility to slot into and out of the infrastructure depending on their business needs, this provides tremendous opportunity.

BB:  Where do you see your work in 5 years?
CG: In 5 years Heart & Noble will be known for counteracting the effects of gravity through our “magnetic levitation jewellery.” Ideally, these pieces will double as miniature hovercrafts allowing our clients to arrive to work efficiently and in style; very Jane & George Jetson.


we will have heart, we will be noble
(001) 202 817 4260 

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4.16 + 4.17 Tectonic Tiles workshop

This is the last call for registration to this weekend's tectonic tiles workshop at FABberz lab.nyc (Saturday and Sunday).  The workshop will explore different tiling methods used by M.C. Escher, and introduce parametric tile creation using Rhino + Grasshopper.  Tile molds will be laser cut and casted in plaster, and participants will leave the 2 day workshop with their own fabricated tiles.  Included in the $175 workshop fee is a 2-hour laser cutting FABpass which will never expire! Some Rhino experience is recommended, and for those who wish to be introduced to Rhino for the first time, we suggest attending the optional rhino introduction on Friday, April 15th, from 6:30pm - 9:30pm ($50).  No experience is necessary for Grasshopper.

REGISTER HERE! or call us for registration by phone at 646-781-9448.


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Day 11 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Este foi  o último dia do Dia Phase 1 Workshop no Rio. Foi uma exeriência incrível e maravilhosa, fonte de grande aprendizado,   troca de idéias e conhecimento! Os participantes apresentaram exelentes projetos. E um time terá a chance de ir  em Julho no Workshop que acontecerá em São Paulo.  Em breve, será anunciado o vencedor.

This was the last day of Dia Phase 1 Workshop in Rio. It was an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge.  The teams presented excellent projects and were given feedback for their REWARD BRIEF & DIA BRIEF proposals.   One team will have the chance to go to the AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School Workshop in Sao Paulo in July - this will be announced later in the week.

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Day 10 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje foi o último dia para a fabricação dos projetos. Os participantes trabalharam bastante para concretizar suas idéias. Gesso e concreto foram utilizados como material de preenchimento para os moldes feito de tecido. Cada grupo teve uma estratégia diferente para controlar a espessura do material. Pontos e linhas costurados e a própria gravidade foram exploradas como formas de parametrizar o processo. Today was the last opportunity to fabricate  the projects. The teams worked hard at translating their digital ideas into physical prototypes. Plaster and concrete were used as "fill" material for sewn fabric sacks.  Each group had a different strategy for controlling material thickness - a key issue in the project development.  Sewn points and lines, wires, and gravity itself were explored as ways to parametrize the process.

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Day 9 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje foi um dia muito agitado no laboratório de maquetes em Botafogo.Alguns times terminaram os seus projetos, converteram os seus arquivos  em Cad  e imprimiram os componentes de seus produtos à laser, utilizando materiais como MDF, polipropileno ou a combinação de ambos.  Luminárias interessantíssimas foram criadas e teve início a fabricação de fôrmas de tecido para o projeto em escala urbana.

Today, many things happened at the fabrication lab in Botafogo. Some teams finished their projects in Rhino + Grasshopper and decided on specific variation for laser cutting.  Grilling was used as the primary fabrication method, and materials included MDF, Polypropylene, or a combination of both.  Students also began to sew molds for fabric form prototypes which would become tests for their DIA brief proposals.

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Day 7 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

As tarefas foram transmitidas e os trabalhos continuam no instituto Infnet. Os participantes se empenham cada vez mais na elaboração dos projetos da fruteira ou luminária e agora na estratégia urbana  para as favelas.

Everybody already knows about all the instructions for each project. They continue to work hard on the "REWARD BRIEF" to create a lamp or a fruit bowl.  At the same time, each student begins to dig deeper for the "DIA BRIEF", developing urban strategies for the "favelas".

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Day 6 – DIA workshop: Rio de Janeiro

O dia começou com a visita ao morro da Providência, um cenário bastante heterogênio com suas casas, cores, sua gente e principalmente muitas histórias. A Providência apresenta problemas sociais gravíssimos que prejudicam a sua imagem, mas ao mesmo tempo, uma beleza muito peculiar e uma vivacidade dificilmente encontrada em outros lugares. Os times deveriam investigar situações que poderiam ser mudadas diante da proximidade dos Jogos Olímpicos de 2016.

À tarde, todos foram ao Instituto Infnet continuar os projetos, já melhor embasados com a visita à Providência.  Lá, Raquel e josiah deram mais detalhes e explicações à respeito da etapa de Fabricação que estava por vir: cada time teria que fabricar um produto que simbolizasse a sua estratégia urbana para as favelas, utilizando concreto ou gesso e tecido para fazer a fôrma.

The Day began with the visit to Providência, a "favela" in Rio de Janeiro. A very heterogeneous place composed with houses, colors, people and many stories. Providência has  several social problems, but at the same time, a very different beauty and a great vivacity exist there.  The teams are to investigate specific conditions which they identify as being "hot spots for change" on the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games.

In the afternoon, everybody went to Infnet Institute. They continued back into the digital realm of the projects, after a great day in Providência.  Raquel and Josiah gave more details about the next stage: Fabrication of a prototype. Each team should fabricate a product that represents their urban strategy in the favela.  They should use concrete or plaster and fabric to make the mold.


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Day 5 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje deu-se prosseguimento aos projetos de design da fruteira e da luminária. E uma nova proposta foi lançada. Tomando como base o contexto social e urbano, retratado pelas  favelas cariocas e diante de fatos atuais como a cidade do Rio de Janeiro ter sido escolhida para sediar as Olímpiadas e a Copa do mundo, é feito o seguinte desafio aos participantes: cada time deve pensar em algum tipo de recurso arquitetônico ou urbano capaz de auxiliar a cidade neste momento importante. A fim de embasar melhor a todos nesta etapa, Bruno Queiroz, arquiteto da Prefeitura e Verônica Natividade, arquiteta participante da organização do workshop, preparam uma palestra abordando o tema  "Assentamentos irregulares , Favela - Bairro e outros programas". Today, the teams continued to develop the fruitbowls  and  lamps.   They discovered a new brief and a new challenge. According to the current social and urban context in the  favelas and current events like Olympic Games in Rio , they must create something to help the city at this important moment.  Bruno Queiroz  and Verônica Natividade were invited to start a debate about Irregular settlement intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

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DAY 4 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Mais um dia de trabalho! Só que desta vez no Instituto Infnet  no Centro do Rio.  Hoje, os participantes começam a elaborar o projeto da Fruteira ou da luminária, lançando as primeiras idéias no Rhino + Grasshopper, testando seus conhecimentos e descobrindo se realmente assimilaram os tutoriais.

One day more of working! Today, the the teams worked at Infnet Institute. The teams began to think about the design of the  Fruitbowl or lamp. Changing between hand drawings and Rhino + Grasshopper, this project is a great way of discovering the teams'  understand of the tutorials.

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DAY 2 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

First  visit to Luciano's lab in Botafogo. Primeira visita ao laboratório do Luciano.

Groups Grupos

Introduction to Grasshopper. Introdução ao Grasshopper.

Started the first stage of the competition: a lamp or a fruit bowl design. Começou o 1º estágio da competição: o design de uma luminária ou uma fruteira.

Raquel and Josiah explain the brief. Raquel e Josiah explicam as proximas tarefas.


Final Call! DIA Workshop 2010: Rio de Janeiro

For more information or to register, please visit www.diaworkshop.net.  The registration deadline has been extended to April 17th due to recent Google server issues in Brazil.

FABberz (www.fabberz.com) and LaN (www.livearchitecture.net) are collaborating to organize a series of workshops for students and other interested parties to be held in multiple locations each year, leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. While digital production tools have been commercially available for some time, the accessibility to these technologies can now reach far beyond factories and warehouses to our classrooms and homes.

The workshop in Rio de Janeiro will be held at the Infnet Institute as well as PUC-Rio, and it will focus on the social and infrastructural issues facing Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro as they prepare to host the international games. This investigation will set the stage for the development of student proposals. The 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics are catalysts with the potential to create unique opportunities for architectural innovation in South America. This scenario serves as a testing ground to sustainable digital manufacturing processes.

Participants will explore digital fabrication techniques and parametric design tools as a means to create their own architectural interface prototypes - ways for residents to become directly involved in design and building.  The workshop will kick off with an intensive introduction to parametric design softwares such as Rhino Grasshopper and other Rhino based digital tools. Students will evaluate the user as a parameter for creating design interfaces, and mass customization techniques will emerge as the central strategy in connecting material and experiential processes.

Open Source [OS]


[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0puOZOZrw] FABberz is pleased to announce the BETA launch of its site, www.fabberz.com.  FABberz is an online web platform which lets artists and designers physically test and sell their digital fabrication design ideas.  For the BETA release, designers will be able to upload and order laser cut designs.  Other fabrication methods such as CNC Milling and 3d Printing can be uploaded to share with others, however they cannot yet be fabricated... coming soon!

Students and professional designers alike are encouraged to become a FABber today and open up your creativity to world. Today you can begin testing designs that are still in the ideas realm, and begin selling products that are ready to be fabricated!  The learn more or to become a FABber, visit www.fabberz.com.


FABberz tiene el placer de anunciar el lanzamiento en version BETA de su página web, www.fabberz.com. FABberz es una plataforma web que permite a artistas y diseñadores testear físiscamente sus diseños y comercializar sus proyectos e ideas. Para la versión BETA, los diseñadores podrán subir sus diseños y fabricarlos usando una cortadora laser.Otros diseños para los que se precisan otros tipos de máquinas de control numérico, como serían las fresadoras y la tecnología de impresión en 3d, pueden subirse también para compartir con el resto de la comunidad FABberz, aunque dichos diseños no podrán fabricarse todavía...esperamos poder añadir este servicio lo más pronto posible!

Animamos tanto a estudiantes como diseñadores profesionales a convertirse en un FABber hoy mismo y abrir sus diseños e ideas al mundo. Puedes empezar a probar tus diseños que están aún en proceso y empezar a comercializar los productos que están ya listos para ser fabricados! Si quieres saber más sobre como convertirte en un FABberz y unirte a nuestra comunidad , puedes encontrarnos en www.fabberz.com .

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FABberz cofounder + Pablo Rica Runner Up for [AA FAB RESEARCH CLUSTER]

IMAGE FABberz cofounder Josiah Barnes and his partner, Pablo Rica are runners up for the AA FAB RESEARCH CLUSTER competition with their project, MUSCULAR SYNERGY.




The FAB Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in London announces the results of the 2009 AA|FAB Awards. The Award theme was ‘Designing Fabrication’ and the jury was interested in recently built projects that exemplify the innovative integration of design and fabrication processes through digitally driven design systems and protocols, and whose completion contributes to an international discourse on the use of emerging design and fabrication technologies.

Entries were received from all over the world including the UK, Spain, Austria, US, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Australia. Due to the uneven distribution of entries across the categories suggested in the brief, the jury decided to reorganise all submissions into either INTERIOR or EXTERIOR groups.  Accordingly, it was agreed to reallocate the prize money into six awards, with a first prize of £1500 and two runners-up of £750 for each group.

The jury met on Thursday 11 June and was impressed by the extremely high standard and diversity of the submitted work. After four hours of deliberation they unanimously selected the following schemes for awards:



RUNNER UP: THE MORNING LINE Matthew Ritchie with Aranda/Lasch and Daniel Bosia

RUNNER UP: MUSCULAR SYNERGY Josiah Barnes and Pablo Rica


FIRST PRIZE: CEILING CLOUD Andrew Vrana, Joe Meppelink and Scott Marble

RUNNER UP: GREEN VOID Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, LAVA


The six award recipients will present their work at an AA|FAB conference during London Design Festival week from 19-27 September. A further eighteen entries have been selected for exhibition in September.