Italian design firm Do the Mutation is creating high-fashion (and high concept) "mutants," using individualized 3-D-printed masks. This blend of a science fiction aesthetic with cutting-edge design is creating something new and unique.
Their current project called Collagene is inspired by the protein collagen, which their website defines thusly:
Collagen is the main component of animal connective tissues; organized in fibers, this category of tissues comprehends the skin.
The theory of the project is pretty interesting stuff. The studio calls itself a "generative design lab," and documents its research into different "generative models," which in turn inform their projects. This particular project scans a model's face and uses it as an input into an algorithm. The designer then uses the facial structure as the base of the mask, and composes an individualized structure of fibrous growth that fits perfectly and seamlessly. The outcome is a blending of technology, organic structure and artificial construction that mimics organic growth. The form of a mask also plays with the ideas of identity and what it means to interact with the world through a prosthetic.
The designers at Do the Mutation very readily cite the influence of science fiction on their work. In a recent post about their show in Venice for Carnevale they cite the movies The Skin I Live In, Strange Days, Dead Ringers and Chernobyl Diaries as visual influences and Asimov's Foundation series and the book Point Omega as literary influences. They are embracing science fiction as a design source.
This video shows how the masks are created, plus here are some more images: