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2013/63/1 Bangle, 'Porsche', polyester, designed by Gijs Bakker, Netherlands, 2001, made by Materialise, Belgium, 2003. Click to enlarge.

‘Porsche’ bangle by Gijs Bakker

Made by Materialise NV in Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen, Belgium, Europe, 2003.

The 'Porsche' bangle designed by Gijs Bakker, is based on the stretched and distorted coordinates of a Porsche car. Rapid prototyping and stereo lithography techniques were used in its production, meaning a computerised design was transformed into a three-dimensional product. Bakker (b. 1942) trained as a jewellery and industrial-designer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1962), and the Konstfack Skolen in Stockholm (1963). Bakker has worked across a broad range of products and mat...


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Object Statement

Bangle, 'Porsche', polyester, designed by Gijs Bakker, Netherlands, 2001, made by Materialise, Belgium, 2003

Physical Description

Solid opaque blue polyester bangle in the form of a stretched and distorted Porsche car. Bangle features detailing of Porsche design along its length, including two rear vision mirrors on either side and four wheels, with the ends of bangle not quite meeting. One end represents the front of the car and the other end, the rear.


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The design of the bangle is based on the stretched and distorted coordinates of a Porsche and is the fifth in a limited edition of five pieces. Stereo lithography, acknowledged as the first rapid prototyping technique, was used in the production of this bangle. A computerised design was transformed into a three-dimensional product. Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques used in 3D printing to quickly fabricate a scale model of an object using computer aided design (CAD) data.* Accurate reproductions of the data are made (without tooling) by converting liquid materials into solid cross-sections, layer by layer, using an ultraviolet laser.** It is relatively inexpensive, has the simplest process of all rapid prototyping techniques, and uses a light-sensitive liquid polymer. This is also a process commonly associated with mass manufacture, and would be used by car companies such as Porsche.

The piece was materialized in Leuven, Belgium. The 3D model was cast afterwards in blue translucent polyurethane. The final finish was executed in Chi ha paura...? studio in Schoonhoven, Netherlands.

The bracelet is intended to be worn as jewellery on the wrist and the use of rapid prototyping and stereo lithography means that it is a reproducible piece of jewellery.


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This bracelet was made available by Gijs Bakker through jewellery design studio 'Chi Ha Paura...?', which was founded in 1996. The first model was originally part of Bakker's series 'I Don't Wear Jewels, I Drive Them', and this particular piece was later part of the collection, 'Sense of Wonder'. This collection focused on industrial jewellery that challenged the perception that jewellery of this kind is non-poetic. All pieces in the latter collection are reproducible and use new technologies to communicate meaning and evoke a sense of wonder.

The concept behind the Porsche bracelet came from an Alfa Romeo advertisement which used the slogan, 'I don't wear jewels, I drive them'. Bakker appears to have reversed this slogan by turning a vehicle into a piece of jewellery, suggesting that, 'I don't drive cars, I wear them'. Bakker alludes to the common function of cars and jewellery as personal statements. Jewellery designed by Bakker is meant to be conversational, with strong concepts driving the design rather than aesthetic appeal. Pieces are also expected to acquire additional and unique meaning from owners once bought.

The Porsche bracelet was part of 'Unexepected Pleasures' exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 20th April to the 26th August 2012 and the Design Museum, London, United Kingdom, December 2012 to May 2013.


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the Yasuko Myer Bequest, 2013

Acquisition Date

22 August 2013

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'Porsche' bangle by Gijs Bakker 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <>


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