Three Tree Art Installation by Daisuke Nagatomo

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Three Tree

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Art Installation

INSPIRATION:
The organic form of bamboo structure fines its inspiration from the trees around the NTNU art museum to combine the theme of the art event In the name of the tree. Each acrylic joint piece host illustrated characters to incorporate the culture of the NTNU art museum neighborhood. At the base of the installation, there is a morpho-shape bench to experience the atmosphere while resting.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
T(h)ree tree is an art installation that combines traditional crafting techniques and digital fabrication technologies. Traditionally bamboo dowels were in use for crafting lanterns and umbrellas in Asia due to its ductility strength. T(h)ree tree installation redefine the usage of this traditional material by utilizing the aid of digital technology. The weaved bamboo dowel structure is joint with a laser-cut acrylic piece, which forms the canopy part of the pavilion.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The installation incorporates lighting illumination and also street furniture. The audience can take a rest on the seating while enjoy the dramatic lighting effect through the braided bamboo structure.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in July 2020 in Taipei and finished in November 2020 in Taipei.

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Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The 3mm bamboo dowels are hand braided into structural column, which composed with 72 dowels. The column part and canopy part are combined with acrylic joint, which is laser cut from 5mm thickness sheet. At the bottom of tree, there is a plywood bench fabricated with CNC milled from 18 mm thickness sheet. The bench also host LED lighting fixture to illuminate the structure at night.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 6 meter, Depth 1.2 meter, Height 3 meter

TAGS:
National Taiwan Normal University, Daisuke Nagatomo, NTNU Museum, Department of Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This project is continuous research project of how to combine traditional crafting material with digital technologies, such as digital fabrication. In this installation, the structure forms three canopy combined to form tree like configuration to match the exhibition theme of "In the name of tree."

CHALLENGE:
Three Tree is continuous design research with the bamboo dowel structure art. The art employs digital modeling and fabrication technologies, while the art is handcrafted. The creative challenge negotiates with the time frame and skill level difference when the project has developed. These issues more likely affect the outcome of the artwork.

ADDED DATE:
2021-02-17 09:10:45

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Neo Li, Karen Wei, Zoe Li and Hua Kuo

IMAGE CREDITS:
Daisuke Nagatomo, 2020.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://design.ntnu.edu.tw/
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
National Taiwan Normal University

PROFILE:
Daisuke Nagatomo is a Japan-born designer and educator. He has won international design awards, including Design of the Year of A’Design Award (Italy), Best of Golden Pin (Taiwan), and also 40 Under 40 from Perspective Magazine (Hong Kong). He has also been serving as a Jury panel for A’Design Award and Muse Design Award. Daisuke Nagatomo graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo and decided to pursue his passion for architecture at Columbia University, where he received a master’s degree in advanced architectural design. Nagatomo began his career in the metropolitan New York area with architecture firms, including TEN Arquitectos and Design Office for Research and Architecture. He was the invited researcher for the FabLab House project at IaaC, Barcelona 2009 to 2010, where he holds a research diploma. Nagatomo has also created several artworks that combine digital technologies and traditional crafting. He exhibited his work in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, and Taiwan. Nagatomo is currently the full-time assistant professor of the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Design and has taught at several schools such as Pratt Institute (New York), Tokyo Denki University, Chung Yuan Christian University, and National Chiao Tung University.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Three Tree Art Installation by Daisuke Nagatomo is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Three Tree Art Installation by Daisuke Nagatomo is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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