"Designing through the Properties of Wood" Seminar Project / 2015.5
Advisor: Scott Marble
In Collaboration with Grete Grubelich, Emily Mohr, and Jeffrey Montes
The seminar sets its interests in exploring the structural, material and aesthetic qualities of wood of different types and using wood as the inspiration and performative driver for design. Through this seminar the whole class went through a series of hands-on investigations, from which we drew observations and discussions. From the analysis and discussion each group moved further to generate a 1-1 human scale piece of installations.
The project 4x8 is about pushing wood's flexibility. Through techniques like kerf and sninge, wood can be transformed into structurally playful, interactive, and visually provocative. We were also interested in creating three-dimensional space from a single two-dimensional material. With these in mind, we developed the project as a field of sninge stripes, CNC-milled out from a piece of 4'x8' 6-layer birch plywood. We decided to incorporate sninge as the technique to develop the project because it optimizes wood's fluidity and flexibility and is at the same time resilient to the wood's permanent deformation and failure in structure(Though at times plywood still reaches its failure point).
To give little bit of idea, although similar to kerf, sninge is making repetitive cracks cutting through the surface so as to make a piece of wood into a living hinge system.
Material wise we chose plywood. Although we thought about plywood being an engineered wood it looses natural wood's naturally distinct properties, since our main goal is to explore wood's extreme flexibility and interactive with human actions, plywood became most ideal because it has the most consistent strengths in all directions.