Back in the USA, the STP stool will soon be manufactured locally. Fabrication begins in the first week of October 2015. For information on availability and costing, please visit our website.
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The DMY show proved to be a great way to gauge feedback on the new Erfindsam products and we hope to participate again in the future.
The PCH chair employs the CNC router to create a series of interlocking parts. With no adhesive or mechanical fastenings the chair easy to pack up and take with you.
The PCH chair frame comprises of a kit of parts that can be connected with a series of flexible fastenings. The frame is held in tension allowing for an elegant sloping form.
The seat and back support assume their form by being held under tension. The fastenings to the chair base are created on the CNC router and connect at the flattest point.
Two interlocking plywood profiles are held under tension. The forms yield to the weight of the occupant but spring back to their original form when unoccupied.
Unlike conventionally upholstered furniture the exterior material requires minimal internal support to maintain it's appearance. However in order to support the weight of the occupant; a simple armature must be provided.
The TPC chair seeks to repurpose commercial carpeting. The design takes advantage of it's capacity to be folded into a load bearing form.
Laser cut corrugated cardboard proves to be an effective way to explore the flexible junctions to the design of more complex furniture forms.
The simplification of assembly has taken us back to our flexible 'inner-tube' junctions. They provide a way to to build non-perpendicular shapes.
The STG lampe is illuminated by two banks of high powered LED's. These are mounted onto miniature circuit boards and connected to the Arduino microprocessor. The colors and intensities of each end of the lamp can be controlled independently
The STG lamp employs 3D printed junctions. They use friction to secure each element and maintain equal spacing between each dowel.
In order to simplify the process of assembly we are trying to eliminate adhesive or mechanical fastenings. These sketch models represent junctions that simply brace materials together.
This hand held gaming controller is a product destined for obsolescence. Is there a heaven for unused devices?
As part of his course on Materiality in the Digital Realm, artist Wolfgang Spahn showed me how to steer the laptop by altering the device. In this example the “numchuk” is operating a small motor while data is simultaneously represented on the computers screen. In other words the devices are communicating with each other.
This lighting unit is also a combination of optical illusion and physical computing. The unit has been fabricated from surplus Plexiglas and laser cut to form a kit of parts. A rotating wheel at the center forms one of three layers of perforated material. The core is illuminated by LED strips, each programed differently, to provide a variety of hues, intensities and unexpected variations in the outward appearance.
This video demonstrates the optical effects provided by the double skin of the tube light. When the object is touched, the effect alters in relation to the movement of the hand.
The strange optical effects created in the previous experiment, prompted me to produce a second, larger, lighting unit. This version comprises of two layers of perforated material. The unit is hollow, allowing the light to be seen within and upon the surface simultaneously. This results in an enhanced three-dimensional appearance.
Returning to the Arduino, I explored how it can be used to control LED lighting. Programming allows the RGB channels to be controlled separately creating very subtle changes in the temperature of white. This means that the LED can offer both warm and cool light and offer variations of intensity preferable to the end user.
A supply of cycle inner tubes enabled us to explore the many ways in which this flexible material can be re-purposed. These fastenings are strong enough to hold rigid components in place. They also enable the object to be deformed or assume a variety of alternative shapes.
Examining one material in great detail prompted us to think about utility but we also became aware of the unique appearance of rubber. These free play exercises produced some very elegant artifacts.