Coral is a modern style flower vase which consists of 8 individual stems interconnecting with each other in an organic form. The shape of the vase mimics biological coral forms having one main spine and eight tentacles which add structural hierarchy and overall integrity to the vase. Each stem contains a 25mm x 150mm test tube which can be easily removed from the vase for water refill. The intention of the vase is to provide a strong structural platform for creative floral arrangements.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Coral flower vase is a 3d printed test tube flower vase designed to host dynamic, spatial and artistic floral arrangements. The vase is designed to have a minimal but elegant structural setting which provides unlimited opportunities for floral designers to create their artwork and displays. Coral has eight individual stems which each contain a singular glass tube housing water and flowers that can be easily removed and without moving the vase form its original position.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The intention of the design is to create a strong platform for dynamic floral arrangements where floral artists can explore diverse options of creative designs. The vase along with diverse floral arrangement schemes can aesthetically and functionally enhance the environmental quality of interior spaces. Peacock is created using a combination of advanced technology and conventional hand crafting methodology. The digital design tools and 3d printing technology allows to create complicated shapes and produce them with accurate dimensions but eventually needs to be crafted and polished by hand to achieve a certain quality. Peacock is a platform where technology, creativity and art meet together.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2014 March and was exhibited at the Hospitality Design Expo in May 2015.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Coral is created using a combination of 3D printing and plaster casting. The exterior shell is 3D printed in several pieces using PLA thermoplastic and later assembled together to create a continuous surface. Plaster is cast inside the 3D printed shell to add more stability and weight to the vase. The curvy form of the vase helps the structure to gain more strength through organic form by distributing the load evenly to a base surface. After the plaster is cured, the vases are sent to a paint finish facility to give a highly glossy and protective finish to the final product. The polyurethane paint protects the vase from thermal deformation or wearing and is substantially durable. The 3D printing technology and processes allow the vases to be manufactured and customized easily in house with minimum finish processing.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Material: PLA thermoplastic shell with Plaster infill, Polyurethane paint finish.
Dimensions: 358.9mm (w) x 183.8mm (d) x 458.2mm (h)
flower vase, floral art, aprilli, coral vase
Flower vases are essential accessories for interior spaces which characterize the space and fill it with life and refreshment. However there are certain restrictions for the vases in terms of size and complexity because the vase normally has to contain a larger body of water. Our strategy is to utilize test tubes to allow the vase to become taller and thinner while the flower displays can be raised to a higher position to gain more visibility. The structure acts as a truss system which distributes the load evenly throughout the form which is more economically efficient and aesthetically beautiful.
The manufacturing process is innovative in a way it combines 3d printing with plaster casting. The weakness of 3d printing comes from the finish quality and sturdiness which can be strengthened by conventional technology. The 3d printing makes it possible to create complicated forms while the cast inside plaster gives more sturdiness, strength and weight to the product. The polyurethane finish paint gives glossiness and protection to the surface which eventually makes the project look elegant and high-end. The recent price drop in 3d printers makes it possible to do custom 3d manufacturing within a competitive cost.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Designer: Steve Lee
Photographer / Noel Bass
All copyrights belong to Aprilli Design Studio, 2015.