God's Math Cabinet by Michael Potter

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
God's Math

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cabinet

INSPIRATION:
The repeating order in our universe, from galaxies to microorganisms shows repeating patterns which can be demonstrated through mathematics. Italian mathematician, Leonardo of Pisa, wrote about this in 1202 in his book, Liber Abaci. The golden ratio is another recurring mathematical ratio which has captured the attention of some of the greatest minds in history. No design referencing God’s math would be replete without the divinity represented by the circle.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
God's Math successfully melds multiple reoccurring mathematical phenomena in nature into an aesthetically pleasing and fully functional interplay of these phenomena, with the Fibonacci Spiral serving as the central design element, surrounded by the Golden Ratio and the divine circle. A fully functional cabinet seemingly floats in an ergonomically optimized location on a piece which is as interesting to look at as it is efficient and practical in its use - Much the same way nature finds order out of chaos.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
working cabinet with two doors and three compartments.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project began in November, 2019 in Greenville, SC and finished in April, 2020. Currently stored in studio.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Project included welding, woodworking and advanced lamination techniques. Rosewood, birdseye maple and Cocobolo were veneer laminates to ensure a sustainable design. Custom forms and creative veneering processes required for both scale and non-linear faces of the piece.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 1219 mm x Depth 508 mm x Height 1981 mm

TAGS:
Fibonacci, mid-century modern, cabinet, metal, veneer, God, math

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research conducted on both advanced methods for lamination and the recurring mathematical phenomenons found in nature. A great deal of time was spent pondering how to create an aesthetically pleasing and fully functional interplay of these phenomenons, with the Fibonacci Spiral serving as the central design element. Some experiments were run on stability of laminates for such a large and heavy piece, as well as veneering outside curves.

CHALLENGE:
In order for the spiral to accurately represent the Fibonacci Spiral, the mathematical elements were scaled up and represented by the steel welded superstructure. The spiral itself is three distinct components: veneers bent around a form, pressed in a form, and laminated carved pieces of wood. Tangentially related, incorporation of the steel structure into the spiral as it sits within and extending through the spiral.

ADDED DATE:
2020-05-20 18:41:58

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Michael Potter

IMAGE CREDITS:
All images credited/edited by Seth Hunt, EP+Co

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
P Squared Innovations

PROFILE:
P Squared Innovations pushes the envelope of the possible. The work is an examination of the natural tension between mankind and nature, with metal and wood to represent this competition and all its intended and unintended consequences. With two US Patents already awarded, P Squared Innovations seeks to be a thought leader in new product design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

God's Math Cabinet by Michael Potter is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

God's Math Cabinet by Michael Potter is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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