Ribbing Vase by Lihsing Wang

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Ribbing

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Vase

INSPIRATION:
Ribbing vase challenges to yield aesthetic expression by combining two contradictory elements: rigidity and flexibility. The Ribbing is inspired from the rib knit, a soft, flimsy and stretchy fabric type. I took this feature and applied it upon the solid form; woven it by metal filament with a 3D printer that simulates a fabric-like surfacing. Ribbing vase presents a refreshing look by fusing the textured appearance, metal materiality and digital manufacturing.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Ribbing vase as a floral display medium also speaks for itself with binary visual language in any spatial setting. Its vertical ribs pattern change their contour as they adapt along the curvy shapes, creating a constant momentum on a solid surface. The woven look of the ribbing vase is made out of metal filament and manufactured with a 3D printer. When exposed outdoors over time, a rusted patina will slowly appear on the surface, also known as oxidizing, adding some nuances on the exterior layer that almost resemble a rusty sculpture.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Ribbing vase served as both flower container and diffuser. Users can easily remove the inserted glass piece from the vase to either wash or replace. Ribbing vase itself can fit into both indoor or outdoor environments as a static decor object. If the user prefers the rusted texture, it can be placed in a moisture environment over time as oxidized rust and patina slowly appear on the surface naturally.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Ribbing started in April 2020 and finished in January 2021. Design and manufactured in Brooklyn, NY.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
In order to manufacture ribbing vases with high-quality production, waste reduction and cost efficiency, I adapted the use of 3D printers and computational software, Grasshopper. After several rounds of testing, I figured out using default slicer software to generate G-code for print is inefficient. Instead, by utilizing G-code directly in Grasshopper allows me to fully control the 3D printer and optimize the production. More specifically, the scripted data transforming my design into a series of curves and paths have turned into the assigned route of the 3D printer. As for the material used, ribbing was made from metal-filled filament, HTPLA.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Large Vase: 140mm,167mm. Small Vase: 90mm, 102mm. Material: copper, iron and brass.

TAGS:
rubbing, vase, 3D printing, home decor aesthetic, fusion, computational

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This project explores a new relationship between vases and plants. People normally think flowers come before vases, and vases seem to be pointless when the plants are gone . My research aims to reverse this vector through designing a vase with inherent voice and sculptural expression. Balancing rigidity and flexibility of the form is the key to achieve the desirable outputs, flipping the general perception of floral decor objects. Ribbing vase presents a feasible option to prove the knit-looking contour can also be made out of metal.

CHALLENGE:
The making process attains zero waste, zero emission, fully sustainable and self-reliant action by implementing additive manufacturing technology into our production pipeline. Ribbing vases need to fit in 3D printers without any support material and can be manufactured on a small scale by consumer-driven 3D printers. We would also love to support regional markets by manufacturing our products locally. Thus, the ribbing vase was fully designed, manufactured, and assembled in Brooklyn, New York.

ADDED DATE:
2022-03-22 20:41:24

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Lihsing Wang

IMAGE CREDITS:
Lihsing Wang, 2021.

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NOMINATION DETAILS

Ribbing Vase by Lihsing Wang is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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Ribbing Vase by Lihsing Wang is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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