Volta Coffee Table by Chih-Chieh Huang - NTHU

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Volta

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Coffee Table

INSPIRATION:
Volta is an alternative coffee table design, inspired by the rib vault of the cathedral. This work hopes to interpret the visual appeal and beauty of the arched structure from a human perspective when look up at the space of the cathedral.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The designer uses a frame form composed of cross or diagonal arched ribs as a basis rule to explore the structural lines and shapes of the object. The design of the table legs refers to the structure’s arched structure column. The special arc-shaped steel plates are staggered at a 45-degree angle to form the support structure of the tabletop.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The object uses a half-reflective glass as its table-top surface. In daily mode, it presents a special transparent color, allowing users to appreciate the both functional and beautiful structural lines under the table. In the night lighting mode, through the refraction and reflection between its inside light source and the half-reflective glass used on the desktop, the object can project the beauty of the arched building into the indoor environment in the form of light and shadow.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2012 in Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, USA. And finished in April 2015 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It was exhibited in Salone del Mobile in April 2015 (IT), Taipei Fine Arts Museum 2015 (TW), and FORMOSA Sculpture Biennial 2017 (TW).

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
In the design making processes and manufacturing tasks, the first version uses metal sculpture approach to manually bend and weld steel bars to make the main structure. The second version is an improved version of the first version. Designer used CAD and CNC to cut steel plates to accurately fabricate the structure. In the structural design, special consideration is given to lightweight and visual performance, and the assembly details are also considered to ensure manufacturing feasibility

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Material/ Stainless Steel, Half-reflecting glass, light Dimension/ 480mmW x 480mmD x 430mmH

TAGS:
coffee table, light installation, arched structure, structural design, illumination, interior

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Designer used CAD and CNC to cut steel plates to accurately fabricate the structure. In the structural design, special consideration is given to lightweight and visual performance, and the assembly details are also considered to ensure manufacturing feasibility.

CHALLENGE:
This work interprets the visual appeal and beauty of the arched structure from a human perspective when look up at the space of the cathedral. Through the refraction and reflection between its inside light source and the half-reflective glass used on the desktop, the object can project the beauty of the arched building into the indoor environment in the form of light and shadow.

ADDED DATE:
2021-03-01 11:58:33

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
project investigator, director/ Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang and design assistant/ Andy Liao

IMAGE CREDITS:
Main Image/ Photo by Wen-Shan Lin
Optional Image#1/ Photo by Wen-Shan Lin
Optional Image#2/ Photo by Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang
Optional Image#3/ Photo by Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang
Optional Image#4/ Photo by Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights by Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang, National Tsing Hua University

PROFILE:
Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang serves as an Assistant Professor in the “Arts, Literature and Design” dimension of Center for General Education and holds a joint appointment in the Interdisciplinary Program of Technology and Art at the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), where he direct NTHU BioLogicDesign. His design research investigates biologically-inspired computing for exploring novel aesthetics in generative art and kinetic structural system; his technical art and design has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world, including ZKM, NYSCI, Kinetica Museum, Erarta, Art at SAP, Avignon Festival Off, Milan Design Week, Dutch Design Week, Stockholm Furniture Fair, HAAF, DOX, Mapa Teatro, Prague Quadrennial, NTMoFA, TFAM, and others. From 2014 to 2017, he served as committee on ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community (DAC), a forum that promote dialogues between visual artists and the larger ACM SIGGRAPH community. he also has helped to coordinate and chaired the SIGGRAPH Asia art gallery event in 2014 and 2016. His research exploring topics in shape-changing, ALife, robotics, interactive installation and structural design has been presented at and published in top-tier conferences and journals, including SIGGRAPH, VIS, CHI, ALIFE, ISEA, CAAD FUTURES, HCII, Leonardo, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks & Applications, and others. He was received Asia Digital Art Award FUKUOKA (2020), Awards of Excellence by Communication Arts (2020), Flower Design Award by Matsuyama Design Week (2018), 2rd SaloneSatellite Award by Salone del Mobile Milano (2015), featured in Elle Decor Italia's "Best of Design 2015," iF Design Award, and Red Dot Design Award.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Volta Coffee Table by Chih-Chieh Huang-Nthu is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Volta Coffee Table by Chih-Chieh Huang-Nthu is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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