A metro map was the primary source of inspiration. The colourful illustration of the metro grids inspired me initially. I then found the possibility that the 2D metro grids could be rendered in 3D space.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The urban transit system is highly integrated elsewhere now. Roads, metro lines and railways are interconnected for a daily commute in the cities. Its transit system is "a living organism" that responds to commuters' everyday life and grows smarter.
The metro highway bookshelf represents an organic amalgam of the metro grid and roads. Shanghai metro map was selected and transformed into a bookshelf form. Tire marks were applied to its floor skins, which then imply the road surface. The intrinsic geometry of the metro lines provides voids for books and etc. Each void is uniquely formed as lines merge and interact each other. Tire marks add dynamic flows and aesthetic pleasure to the metro grid.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Metro Highway's shelving solution is open-ended. The bookshelf is not strictly dictated by horizontal or vertical lines, and questions our conventional shelving behaviour. It rather inspires users to creatively use its unique geometric spaces and find creative and playful shelving solutions.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project began in May 2015 and finished in June 2015 in Banff, Canada.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Metro Highway is constructed of wood and lacquered with electrostatic paints.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
W 2400mm x D 300mm x H 1800mm
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Metro Highway is a morphological investigation of metro grids in 3D space. The project attempts to show the possibility of metro grids as a shelving solution.
Most metro maps are not ideally shaped for functional furniture. After rigorously researching metro maps in many cities, the Shanghai metro map was selected. However, the Shanghai metro map would also lack functional voids for book shelving. The metro map was then adjusted and re-shaped for better shelving solutions while keeping its geometrical integrity.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Yongwook Seong, 2015.