The Rising Shell
By translating pure logic and honesty like nature does, a new challenge arises for the artist to create an interesting design object. Therefor it was important to find a fair balance between the designer and the working materials. The object should have the opportunity to shape itself. By only making incisions in the work, the material get the opportunity to unfold and reveal its true nature. The end user will always be surprised by its transformation like a flower that opens during the day.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Rising Shell is a bowl that has the function to carry small objects in an organic shape.
This piece can be opened and rise up like a budding flower when it’s needed. If the Shell isn’t being used, it can be seamlessly folded back. This creates an unique interaction between the material and the end user.
This ability to create a flat piece has advantages when the Rising Shell has to be shipped throughout the world by taking less space then other similar designs.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The object can be transformed by using the side of the table and pushing it upwards with your hands. Once the shell is empty, the construction can be folded flat again. This interaction with the user keeps the Rising Shell playfull at any time.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2015 in Amsterdam as a small scale model and was presented at the Salone Del Mobile in April 2015
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
It was important to integrate the used material and to make it part of the design. Therefor I constructed the beams with laminated bamboo that guarantee firmness and durability. Because of the use of wood, the natural experience is present.
The Rising Shell also incorporates neoprene rubber technology sandwiched between the bamboo beams. The material combinations presents a minimalistic design approach and ensures a safe and secure hinge system.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
- Bamboo Natural/Caramel beams
- Neoprene rubber
- 4 sleeve nuts
- 2 screw-threads
Depth 390 x Width 405 x Height 200 mm
transformation, art, bamboo, sustainable, bowl, flexible, architecture, wood, interaction,
The design came out of small models made from foam, By experimenting and making incisions by cutting into the foam I could see the final angle every beam had to make to get the total shape of the bowl. From there I made a model that was similar to the real Rising Shell.
I did some test with the rubber and bamboo on how to cut the middle part where the hinge is made from the rubber. This has been done with a wood working machine.
The biggest challenge was to maintain the Rising Shell upwards once it is unfolded. This has been done by using a screwthread on each side. By turning the screws to the right the bamboo beams gets tighter against each other and the construction stays firm.
Bamboo has been used for this object because it gave me the possibility to make thin bamboo layers with nice detailing. This was important because of the small scale of the Rising Shell
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Image #1 Photographer Robert van Embricqs, Rising Shell, 2015.
Image #2 Photographer Robert van Embricqs, Rising Shell, 2015.
Image #3 Photographer Robert van Embricqs, Rising Shell, 2015.
Image #4 Photographer Robert van Embricqs, Rising Shell, 2015.
Video Credits: Robert van Embricqs
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