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Collapsable Furniture

Sub-Category:
Research
Category:
Regenerative
Index:
59
Start Date:
2017
End Date:
2018
Role:
Self-Initiated
Concept:
planar articulations
Duration (weeks):
44
No of Designs or Design Iterations:
1
No of Collaborators:
1
No of Students:
0
External Website:
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The experiments with collapsible furniture pieces takes several ideas of the pedestals further. Several joining methods were tested that resemble the concept of stitching: actual stitching with thread and the stitching of textile zip fasteners onto the surface for a reversibility of the assembly. The structure is hence extended to furniture that can be flat-packed and assembled within seconds. New materials got introduced to the construction of the elements: aluminium sheets were folded over the top of the curved panel to provide a flat surface, the legs were converted into steel rods and 3d printed rotational nodes as foldable legs. The tectonic system expresses qualities of hybrid craftsmanship by the integration of digitally fabricated and manually made elements. The materials display opposing deformation concepts, with the timber sheet under permanent tension through active bending, and the aluminium sheet folded to sit on top through cold bending and thus a permanent change in the material’s molecular structure.

Collaborators:
Anna Toh Hui Ping
Students:
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Images (c) Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Images (c) Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
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eth-49663-01_compressed_01.pdf
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Collaborators:
Anna Toh Hui Ping
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