Dharma Bookshelf by Alessandra Meacci

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Dharma

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Bookshelf

INSPIRATION:
My idea is investigate the opportunities of modularity:I use a basic element in different materials,trying to combine advantages of standardized production to versatility of assembly.I chose hexagonal cell as basic module:I was inspired by the geometry of the hive and,more generally,I was looking for a recurring form in nature. I wanted to give a "organic" feature to the project,because I think that the object of design lives with changes of light and in the way it interacts with people.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Dharma is a bookcase to divide openspaces. Hanging to a wireframe structure there are hexagonal modules, in different colors and materials, assembled to create a customized composition, and a sucession of empty and full spaces.This is also a project with a "green" vocation , thought to grow the climbing plants among the modules and create a "soft" division, letting the light pass through the spaces.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Dharma is a bookshelf with “green” heart: the essential feature of the project is to give the opportunity to the end user to customize the bookcase by growing climbing plants on its structure, among the wood modules. Dharma is a object “alive” : you can shape it day by day, by choosing the type of plants, how to make them climb the iron rod structure, taking care about them.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2015 in Padua and finished in April 2015 in Milan, and was exhibited in Salone Satellite at Salone del Mobile in April 2015

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The main structure is made on iron rod, powder coated in black . Fixed on the structure, there are three-dimensional hexagonal modules : seven modules are made in lacquered wood ( green and yellow ) , and four modules are made on iron rod, powder coated in black. There is also a wooden shelf , made by the section of a trunk of olive tree.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 1270 x Depth 620 x Height 2400

TAGS:
bookshelf, bookcase, beehive, wireframe, beehive design, green, green design, design for climbing plants

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
For my project I made a research about the shape, to find a three-dimensional module that will recall a recurring form in nature, strengthening the idea that the design object is something alive by giving it an "organic" feature . The module has to be a standing alone shape , but also easy to join with others, to create composition in the space.; it has to be realized with different technologies and materials , in wood and iron rod ; and, most of all, It has to be useful to storage books .

CHALLENGE:
To develop the shape for my modules, with specific formal characteristic, but also easy to reproduce, I worked with two artisans, a blacksmith and a woodworker. Finally, I had to create some accessories to make compatible the use of a beehive cell shape, without an horizontal support plane , with the function of storage.

ADDED DATE:
2015-07-29 15:12:44

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Alessandra Meacci

IMAGE CREDITS:
Alessandra Meacci, 2015.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Alessandra Meacci, 2015

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Alessandra Meacci

PROFILE:
I am 34 years old, I live and work near Padua. I graduated in architecture in Venice in 2005 , and from February 2006 I work as a freelance collaborating with the office of architecture Guerrarchitetti, developing architectural projects and interior design. I follow my projects from the sketch to the project manager on site and I love being part not only of the design process, but also working with who realizes concretely my idea, because this collaboration generates unexpected drifts and interesting new ideas.As a designer, my goal is to create objects that will not run out at first glance, but that each time show a new facet and offer a different image, depending on time of day, the angle of the light, the position of the viewer; the kind of objects that interact with environment, that became "alive" with light, drawing space with the texture of the shadows they cast.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Dharma Bookshelf by Alessandra Meacci is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Dharma Bookshelf by Alessandra Meacci is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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