Zieta Prozessdesign is a multidisciplinary team of architects, designers, engineers and technologists. We cooperate with psychologists, biologists, scientists and many others specialists in order to create the most innovative solutions.
Our driving goal is to deliver unique and customised designs and constructions while keeping the production, transport and warehousing innovatively efficient. This is how we imagine the world of future: Light, durable structures of customised applications, efficiently produced on demand out of one-of-a-kind parts. We use computer controlled production. Customised pattern, customised form, customised function, one-of a-kind product and outstanding precision is what we deliver.
You will find all of this philosophy reflected in our products. We research and discover new possibilities, we play with forms and we deliver the beautiful, innovative and surprising outcome to the people who love design and who care about the process behind the product.
We believe our work is a valuable contribution to the world of design not only by the unique beauty of our forms, but most of all by opening ultra-innovative opportunities of forming material and creating new paths for the world of future.
FiDU is the most innovative technology developed by Zieta Prozessdesign. FiDU is an abbreviation of the German term “Freie-Innen-Druck-Umformung” – Free Inner Pressure Forming. It means that two shapes cut from steel sheets are welded around their edges and inflated into a 3d object. The deformation of flimsy metal sheets caused by the pressure makes them stable and rigid.
Moreover – it makes it so durable, that it can be categorized as an ultra-light construction. It takes only two thin steel sheets to create a complicated and very durable object made of steel in FiDU. It allows us to create innovative, customised, bionic shapes and to produce them in small series using very efficient production processes. The technology can be applied to produce ultra-light constructions of great weight capacity – for product design and architectural elements.
For us design is a manifest of the technology and a space for experiments and fun. Every object created by us reflects not only our passion and creativeness but also bionic and aerodynamic design. Each object presents a synergy between technology and unique craftsmanship.
For centuries luxurious objects have been associated with high-quality craftsmanship and unique touches, which mass production is deprived of by industrialisation, however FiDU allows mass-customisation. In FIDU technology we are able to produce unique objects in small series using very efficient production processes. We not only redefine luxurious, but we make it more available.
We are process designers. Firstly, we became acquainted with the material (metal), secondly we invented FiDU technology. The final form of our objects is an effect of preciously planned sequences of process. This kind of approach, enhances the properties of sheet-metal in order to not only create new form but also new functionality – ultra-light construction.
Oskar Zieta, during his research at the ETH, developed different methods of enhancing the efficiency of steel sheet technology for design, architecture and construction. The main topic was the use of steel sheets as a construction element – cheap, easy to shape and efficient. The problem with steel sheets is stability – the work was focused on how to reach the desired stability of steel sheets to be able to use them as construction elements.
Many different technologies were developed – among others, FIDU. During his research he created many constructions: crucially the FiDU Bridge and FiDU Ball.
The foot bridge has a span of 6m and a net weight of only 174 kilograms. The span to weight ratio astonished even the enlisted ETH structural engineers. The expected 500 kg were easily supported during a professional stress test, and a top weight of 1850kg exceeded all expectations giving the FiDU bridge a 1:10 weight to load-bearing ratio.
FiDU Football was the first successful completion of a refined, precise, three-dimensional construction from FiDU elements. This is where one often overlooked feature of the basic technology is brought to the fore - FiDU is a sophisticated combination of digital and laser production techniques, tailored to produce the highest possible accuracy in forming technology, in which the level of precision loss is taken into account deliberately.
Our research is not only focused on architecture and design. We cooperate amongst others with car and the space industry. A wide range of FiDU applications are possible especially by aerodynamically customised shapes of our ultra-light constructions and volumetric expansion. We develop alternative energy sources too. The Aerodynamic properties of our shapes and constructions were an impulse to create the FiDU Rotor wind turbine.
Our production process takes advantage of synergy between technology and material properties. Excellent knowledge of material and our technology have a crucial influence on efficiency, flexibility and environmental aspects of the process. Most important for us are not only machines, but connections between every part of every machine and process. We use additive production method. It means that we created 3D object by inflated flat shapes without taking away any material. Due to FiDU technology we can create customized construction elements with a variety diameters.
Our objects are made of steel and are fully recyclable. It means that they can be reused again and again as a fully valuable material which helps save resources and avoids waste.
Furthermore, processing of sheet-metal in FiDU helps reduce CO2 emissions due to lowered material use. We develop techniques for transporting our pieces more efficiently. We learn to fold and roll them and transport them flat-packed, to save space in transportation and in storage. We develop lighter versions of our products made of thinner sheets and ultra-light materials any time that great load bearing is not needed.
We use efficient packaging without colour prints or complicated graphics. Boxes used for our products are made out of 100% recyclable cardboard that can be further reused.