The current designs are for a much larger light fixture. They are much more complex than the others and employ CAD functions (duplicate / array) to create shapes that we otherwise could not imagine (or even draw).
These examples are made from three overlapping shapes. This allows one object to connect to plug into the other.
We now wanted to develop a brief to guide our design work this year. The Social Impact application was a great way to get our ideas down on paper and develop a "pitch" to explain why, we think, our design fit this category. The initiative offers support on launching socially responsible companies. You can find more info at:
Although the plywood pylon creates dramatic shadows we wanted to enable light to pass through the object. This prompted us to use cutting and marking tools to laser cut plexiglass. The marking function scores the surface of the material, creating a fresnal lens effect that diffuses the light.
We've tapped into a supply of plywood and plexiglass. These two materials are going to be used to design a series of connectors. How could materials be re-purposed and re-assembled in ways that require minimal processing? These are some of the preliminary studies using laser cut plywood.
Once a tiny store, Planet Modulor has become the Home Depot of architectural model making. You can buy your entire office there and grab a cappucino while you have your 3D model fabricated for you. We think that's cheating but you should at least check out the website.
We are off in search of materials that can be re-purposed in our next experiments. Kunst-Stoffe is a depot for plastics, metals and wood along with the waste left over from trade shows and theater productions. They also build bikes in the basement! The self-composting toilet in the foreground is a recent addition.
These folds provide the paper with load bearing, qualities. Under compression, the weight is distributed through each fold. It's absorbs the weight. This will be tested with other fabrics, like felt.
The CAD software generates repetitive forms in seconds but other forms can best be achieved by hand. We are trying to make forms that are exclusive to one or other of these processes.
I was fortunate to attend a 3D scanning project at the BBK Kulturwerk this week. The sannner is capable of creating a digital model of a physical object. The digital scan could be used to create facsimilies on the 3D printer.
This week I attended my first day at the Fab Lab in Berlin. I'll be there during September working on a series of laser cutting exercises.
Invited to the Werkbund Archive today. The research library is connected to the Museum der Dinge; a collection of design artifacts that represent the social history of design in Germany. http://www.museumderdinge.de/
We just wanted to let you know that we will be working in Berlin Germany, for one year, thanks to a sabbatical granted by Suffolk University. The year will provide us with the resources to design a series of furniture pieces using computer controlled fabrication.
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