R shell 1.0
For applications like the ingenious mechanics engineering and techniques in building (St. Mary’s Cathedral,Tokyo), the outer lines are neat, and the light and shadow are just perfect and fascinating.
I think to myself: is there an opportunity that this method can be used on to product design?Focusing on the advantage of the mechanics and techniques of Hyperbolic Paraboloid shell, I used it on chair design in which ergonomic is necessary and also demonstrate the beauty of the structure.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
R Shell is a conceptual designed chair realized in steel and FRP. Its design magnificently mixes natural elements with construction engineering. R Shell is formed by two curve surfaces leaning one against the other; these surfaces support each other and strike the balance between the point, the line, the virtual and the entity surface. One of the two surfaces is constructed with multiple lines. These sinuous lines enchant the eye forming a virtual space that takes visual to another level.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in December 2013 and finished in May 2014 in Taiwan. It was first exhibited in Yodex( the largest student-oriented design exhibition held in Taiwan) in May 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Materials: steel, FRP
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
dimension: w690 x d750 x h850 mm
chair, mesh, architecture, shell, structure, mechanic, line, frp, steel
The designer was fascinated by the concept of architectural engineering; especially the construction method of Hyperbolic Paraboloid shell. She then thought herself how to apply such concept in product design and showing the advantage of its technique. Shell construction method let the outer building be made by very thin shell, but still has strong support and protection. Under appropriate circumstances of technology applications, even 4 to 10 cm thick wall will be able to a large building by thin shell.
She took the beautiful building-St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo a representative thin shell structure, as a starting point. Analyze the force on the two curvature shell surface and construct a surface of another form. Deconstructing the relationship between the surface and the line, re-arrange and composed. Finding how two surface support each other, strike balance between the point, line, the virtual and entity surface. Then construct the shape of the chair.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Hui-Ju, Chou and Instructor: Wan-Ru, Chou
#1,2,3,4: Photographer Aloke Chou, R shell, 2014.
Copyrights belong to Hui-Ju Chou, 2014.