Futuristic Fabrications From Nervous System | SCOUTV Episode #4

nervous systemNervous System's Jesse Louis-Rosenberg and Jessica Rosenkrantz in their Somerville studio. Photos by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

An “experimental design studio that works at the intersection of design, computation, digital fabrication and science?” Yeah, Nervous System piqued our interest, too.

In Episode #4 of SCOUTV, you’ll meet the pair behind this one-of-a-kind Somerville-based biz, who—in addition to selling super cool jewelry and home goods inspired by everything from nature to papers on mathematics—have collaborated with organizations like the Museum of Modern Art and New Balance.

Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg founded the experimental design studio Nervous System somewhat accidentally. The two had planned to spend their lives in academia, but that changed in 2007 when Rosenkrantz, then a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, left a laser-cut project sitting out in her workspace.

“Somebody walked by my desk and said, ‘Hey, is that a bracelet?’” Rosenkrantz recalls. It wasn’t—and she laughs that she actually got a poor review on the assignment. But the question inspired her. She started making jewelry using the machinery in basement of the building—somewhat illicitly, she says—and selling it on Etsy. Nearly ten years later, Nervous System sells a full range of organically inspired laser-cut and 3D-printed jewelry and housewares, and Rosenkrantz and Louis-Rosenberg have worked with everyone from the MoMA to New Balance.

“A lot of our work comes from this sort of obsession with natural patterns and how incredibly interesting and beautiful and confusing they are,” Rosenkrantz explains. “Just trying to understand how all of the different things we see around us in nature emerged from some sort of set of processes and conditions … is pretty mind boggling.”

You can learn more about Nervous System’s cool collaborations and printed projects at n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com.

SCOUTV is a brand new multimedia collaboration between Scout Somerville and our friends at SCATV that brings the stories in each print edition of Scout to life with video and audio. You can find more installments in the series here.