Episode 4: The Art of Design dives deep with Veronika Schmid, Owner-Director of the New York-based studio, Gill Schmid Design. Veronika gives her read on 3D printing, VR, the role of art in modern design, and a range of exciting new projects on the way.
“Design is a craft that you kind of accumulate through your experiences, and it’s a combination of skills, a constant drive to innovate and then just an ongoing kind of curiosity for newness,” says Veronika Schmid, Owner-Director Gill Schmid Design. “I would say the basis for our office, or the ideology” she continues, “is that we try and innovate with every project that we do, whether that’s on a really small scale or large scale.”
GSD 50-70m White boat concept. Image: Gill Schmid Design.
You may remember GSD from the groundbreaking 90m ICE-Class explorer concept, TABOO. Or you may know them from their extraordinary 50 to 70m White boat concept, complete with unrestricted views, extensive deck space, and maximum usability. But GSD is more than yacht design; Gill Schmid’s work in yachting design, art, and architecture is inspired by the interplay of the traditional and the avant-garde.
GSD 90m ICE-Class TABOO. Image: Gill Schmid Design.
Here are the takeaways from our discussion:
- GSD approaches yacht design as architects rather than stylists, where spatial experiences are paramount.
- 3D modeling, printing, and materials fabrication are instrumental in GSD’s design philosophy.
- A new project from GSD employs gaming and VR highlights freedom of movement previously unexperienced in yachting.
- Stay tuned for the 70m “Twins” concept from GSD and Darius Yachts, coming soon!
GSD Art Installation. Image: Gill Schmid Design.
Finally, Veronika’s expertise also extends into the academy. Her course, “The Digital Craft”–previously taught at Harvard and Columbia–explores the potentials of digital fabrication techniques. These techniques employ multiple steps of fabrication, multiple orders of structure, multiple materials, multiple textures, and most importantly, create multiple materials or performative effects for clients, brokers, and shipyards.
Sculpture, in collaboration with Frank Stella. New York City. Image: Gill Schmid Design.
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