Design Studio Fall 2013 Duration: 3 Weeks Collaborators: Individual Critics: Antonio Furgiuele
The very first exercise of our first semester, the assignment challenged us to design a 24” x 24” surface of our choice; we only had to consider the possibility of the surface as a unit, and aggregating to become a larger surface.
I chose to explore the standard grid. Laid out at 24” x 24”, the grid is extremely two-dimensional and orthogonal. However, when the grid becomes warped, it inherits more three-dimensional and dynamic properties. My surface study was a play on this idea, to create a warped grid three-dimensional surface that blurs the line between 2D and 3D.
The design process looked at various iterations of the grid warped, each of which would yield different three-dimensional qualities. After choosing one iteration, it was modeled to have one flat, two-dimensional side; the other side features each unit extruded to a height proportional to the unit’s length. Each iteration would yield a different three-dimensional result, and the aggregation possibilities are endless. The final 3D model was 3D printed at 1/4 scale, and exhibits the possibilities of this unit and explores its applications in physical space.