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Falling Water Interactive Installations by Naai-Jung Shih

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Naai-Jung Shih (NS) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Naai-Jung Shih by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Falling Water here.



Interview with Naai-Jung Shih at Sunday 29th of April 2018

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
NS: The water drops represent the wishes people make every day. Wishes should be chained just like the water drops in a waterfall. A careful observation of a waterfall can find out that each branch of wall behaviors slightly different from each other. The dynamic essence of a waterfall can be illustrated and preserved if people can target a branch and make it running in different locations.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
NS: People can grip a cube by hand or put it on a holder to watch a beaded stream running by rotating the knob or pulling by hand. Each cube or set of cubes comes with a beaded stream that travels inside the cube or through the recessed notches on different surface. The beaded stream can be rerouted along different notches. This installation purposely selects shinning silver or metallic golden beads to create contrast with the cube finishes and materials. Cubes can be placed side by side or in an order that mimic a complicated water stages.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
NS: Promote it, sale it, or keep developing it in different scales, materials, or under different themes.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
NS: This project started in September 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
NS: This design is not commissioned and acts as a pursuit of an inspiration.

FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
NS: This design was not produced or used by another company. To sell or lease related production rights are welcome, although I prefer to produce this work myself.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
NS: A dynamic interpretation of geometries and spaces is always the focus of my design. This is a pursuit of an inspiration and re-interpretation of a form that has been in my mind for a while.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
NS: No other designs and designers that helped the influence the design of my work.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
NS: The potential target customers include interior designers and architects to be added as part of design or decoration, or for private collectors for personal collections.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
NS: There might be design with similar concepts, but it’s the manner of interpretation in terms of configuration that makes difference.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
NS: The name came from the dynamic essence of a waterfall: the water drops represent the wishes people make every day. Wishes should be chained just like the water drops in a waterfall.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
NS: The design was explored using software and hardware platforms. The former was parametric programs, and the latte was 3D printing machines.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
NS: The combination of cubes and beaded stream present a contrast of static object and dynamic flow. The interaction between them creates a visual effect associated with sounds. The whole setting can be pulled to see beads running or just put on a table as a scene of frozen water.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
NS: Nobody collaborates with me for this design. The 3D printed parts were made by myself.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
NS: The cubes were made by a 3D printer. Each part of cube has to be smooth enough to ensure a smooth flow. A research was conducted in parametrically creating the cube with holes that enable a smooth flow of beaded stream. The 3D mathematic program k3dsurf was used to create the original shape which was a 3D model with no thickness. This model was thickened and smoothened using another 3D program Geomagic Studio.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
NS: A research was made to find out which mathematical program can create the desirable model. The final choice was k3dsurf v0.6.2®. (http://k3dsurf.sourceforge.net/ ) and Geomagic Studio®.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
NS: To put a scene or a metaphor into a physical model was a challenge in the beginning. To make a perfect order of the cubes was another in creating depth and hierarchy of the metaphor as wishes. The path must be running smoothly before or after routing in different ways. The size of beads has to be selected carefully. Purchasing beads and putting a string through simply did not work because beads would stick together and would not run. Distance between two beads has to be maintained constantly. A variety of colors and textures were tested.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
NS: It is a self-promoting or self-evolving process to become part of an international design competition.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
NS: A design work was improved through stages of development in a recursive loop of examination under different scales. That’s why some design works were made more than one year.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
NS: There is always issue to be addressed. Let’s keep it open for next year or next competition.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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