Laser Cutting

Client Spotlight: Artist FILFURY aka Phil Robson

British artist FILFURY is known worldwide for his creative and thought provoking pieces. FABBERZ London had the opportunity to assist FILFURY in the creation of one of his projects that went on to be exhibited in Paris, France. We discussed the motivations and goals behind FILFURY'S work in the interview below.


BB:  How would you describe your latest collection?

Filfury: _The latest work I had created with FABBERZ was actually a re-launch of some work I created back in 2008. It's a series of laser cut wooden typography pieces based on slang/buzz words. From words such as Safe! Word! Dope! to Love! and Peace! Words I would use everyday, loudly. The series is called Loudmouth! Inspired by comic iconography and expressing yourself with a volume.

BB:  How would you describe your style?

Filfury: _Bold. I love creating art that smack you in the face. Makes you think and smile at the same time. I work both digitally and with sculpture, from creating artworks with my favorite sneakers to crafting large installation work.

BB:  Where do you get your inspiration from as an artist?

Filfury: _Life. From the things and people around me. Music, fashion, nature and people.

BB:  When did you first discover your creative side?

Filfury: _At school. When at the back of class doodling away whilst paying not attention to the subject being taught. 


BB:  Where are you currently displaying your latest work?

Filfury: _The current wooden laser cuts were on display in France. However I'm planning a new exhibition in the summer which will be based in East London, I'll send you an invite :)

BB:  Describe what kind of art lovers your latest collection would attract?

Filfury: _Hypebeasts, sneaker lovers, grime and hip-hop heads. People who love contemporary art with a street twist to it I guess.

BB:  What galleries globally have you collaborated and showcased with in the past?

Filfury: _I've exhibited my work in Amsterdam, New York, Brazil and Miami. New York was at Wallplay gallery, Brazil was with Adidas for the World Cup 2014. Some cool places, looking forward to more.

BB:  How do you see a business like FABBERZ evolving in the future to serve artists such as yourself? 

Filfury: _I think FABBERZ is already in a good place to help artists like myself. I guess I'd just like to know more, how I could influence my art from the conception knowing the limitations of the process, or more so - the possibilities of the process. 

BB:  Where do you see your work in 5 years?

Filfury: _On more walls. In more places. ;) Bigger, more exciting, more creative.

BB:  Whats the best part of the next thing you are doing?

Filfury: _The unknown. The excitement. I'm planning big new things, change of work style, new mediums, new exhibitions… the journey is what is exciting as I don't know whats going to happen!

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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 
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A music video by Tom Jobbins (triangles made in FABberz lab.ldn) "We can be ghosts now"

Animator and film director extraordinaire Tom Jobbins has just made this brand new music video for London electronic music producer Hiatus. Who ever thought there would be enough emotion to pull on your heartstrings in this tale of forbidden love, with abstract minimal undercurrents and brooding beats in a glacial landscape?

We are proud to say that lab.ldn played its part in the video, producing a cast of thousands of beautifully formed shapeshifting triangles, amongst other geometric cameos.

See more from Tom at

Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting, Workshops

FABberz + Google Ideas + 23 students = Lots of fun in July!

This July, the FABberz Learn + Design + Make workshop division is collaborating with Google Ideas at FABberz  Google will be bringing 23 middle school students on a technology field trip to the lab.  The students will learn about digital fabrication and its connection to the tech world.  Teams will form to customize wooden shelving structures using laser cutting and etching.  The FABberz To-Go iPhone app along with scanning and live trace techniques will be implemented in order to create laser templates that the students will cut, etch, and take home with them. Stay tuned for photos of the workshop and student creations!

DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, DIY, Laser Cutting, Workshops

4.16 + 4.17 Tectonic Tiles workshop

This is the last call for registration to this weekend's tectonic tiles workshop at FABberz (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.


DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting, Workshops

LEARN + DESIGN + MAKE /// Workshops + Classes!

FABberz is happy to announce the launch of a new workshop series aimed at teaching digital design methods and translating them into physical, fabricated objects.  The first 4 workshops scheduled for Spring 2011 will be weekend workshops (Saturday + Sunday) with optional 1 day Rhino Introduction Courses the Friday before each scheduled workshop. Register Here

Poster PDF: learn+design+make

Open Source [OS]


[youtube=] FABberz is pleased to announce the BETA launch of its site,  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


FABberz tiene el placer de anunciar el lanzamiento en version BETA de su página web, 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 .