Parametric Design Titanium Choker Parametric Design Titanium Choker by Aleksandra Grishina

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Parametric Design Titanium Choker

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Parametric Design Titanium Choker

INSPIRATION:
The mathematical model discovered by the Russian mathematician G. Vorony, which describes the fundamental structural principal of almost all physical systems, lies at the basis of this design. Thanks to the development of 3D simulation programs that are based on the generation of random numbers, we came across the possibility to produce similar structures. We neither analogize nature nor attempt to copy its pattern. Rather, we create geometry according to to the same logic nature does.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Designwise, we use 3D simulation software to create parametric models, similar to the style with which Zaha Hadid won over the world of architecture. Materialwise, we present exclusive items in titanium with 18ct gold logos. Titanium is hottest in jewelry, but hard to work with, so it had no chance to get popular yet. Its unique qualities make the pieces not only very light, but give us a possibility to change it to almost any color of the spectrum.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The unique blue color of this piece is achieved due to a complex chemical treatment, it gives a noble chameleon effect after contacting skin. To restore the original color, rinse in warm water and let dry.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started in October 2015 in Moscow and finished in June 2016 in Moscow.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
We work with titanium. It provides us new dimensions in jewelry. First, it's very light, thus we have have created an large object that is easy to wear. Secondly and still more interesting, we can turn it practically any iridescent color of the rainbow using a complex chemical treatment. We have also used a 18ct logo.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 134mm x Depth 150mm x Hight 92mm

TAGS:
titanium, parametric, jewelry, choker, voronoi

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
One of the breakthroughs in creating I-O-U was the moment we saw that the Voronoi diagram (a mathematical structure) can be found in almost every organism. Examining objects a bit closer, acquainting ourselves with them anew, like children, we began to notice a similar principle of structure, albeit one which we could not formulate. However, months of scientific research helped solve the riddle. If you look at the most diverse array of natural structures –the wings of a dragonfly, the spongy tissue of a human bone, cracked mud… you will find Voronoi diagrams. Their principle of construction is simple: randomly scattered points create cells around themselves, while each point inside of them is located nearer to the center its own cell than to the center of any other. This is a simple principle. So why has no one created a design based on this diagram before? After all, people have always imitated the laws of nature for both decorative and practical purposes. Natural themes are one of the most frequent components in the ornamental design of any culture. Many a feat of engineering, architecture, and technology has been achieved by copying nature. The most daring attempts to use natural principles in architecture were undertaken by the Russian engineer Vladimir Shukhov and the Frenchman Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel, a bridge engineer, noticed that in nature one finds constructions that, having been created with far less materials than those made by man, are not only more durable, but lighter as well. Inspired by the skeletons of radiolaria and the stroma of cacti, he created a tower that immortalized his name and became the symbol of all those in love. New Technology Still, Eiffel and Shukhovworked with strict geometric forms, while the majority of natural cell to wall configurations are not linear. Emulating these sorts of constructions is much more complex. It was only made possible thanks to the advent of two technological innovations: a random (and pseudorandom) numbergenerator and a 3D simulation program based on this generator. The replication of natural constructions using these technologies is called parametric design.The first artist to reveal parametric concepts to the world was ZahaHadid, and by doing so, literally overturned all notions of contemporary architecture.

CHALLENGE:
The Metal Of The Future We work with titanium. We are the first on the Russian market to create such ambitious pieces out of this unyielding metal. Though is not easily manipulated, it is light, durable, and hypo-allergenic. It can be made into pieces of any size while remaining comfortable to wear, because its weight is basically imperceptible. Most interesting and revolutionary of all is that titanium can be tinted! Using a complex chemical treatment, we can achieve practically any iridescent shade of the color spectrum. Precious metals are now allowed beyond the framework of gold and silver tones! Thanks to our coloring technique, we can personalize jewelry for a concrete look. Our Pride and Joy While we are starting small, we believe that we will contribute to the restoration of faith in our country's productive capacity. The titanium alloy used for our jewelry is the same as that from which the monument to Yuri Gagarin on Gagarin Square in Moscow-the first monument to ever be made out of titanium -was cast. It is interesting to note that its sculptors did not select this material just because. Rather, it became the symbol of technological progress and man's conquest of outer space (titanium is used for building spacecrafts). Our Plans The goal of our work is to popularize Russian science and its achievements. We want to develop our potential for domestic manufacturing. We believe that we can create works at the highest level in our country, which will attract admirers from around the globe. Each of our collections will be made using new materials and will reflect the latest ideas and scientific theories.

ADDED DATE:
2016-09-24 20:38:29

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Designer: Aleksandra Grishina, Architect: Aleksandra Grishina and Creative Director: Tatiana Bortnik

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Ivan Chikin, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Ivan Chikin, 2016.
Image #3: Photographer Ivan Chikin, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Ivan Chikin, 2016.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
I-O-U design studio & research lab

PROFILE:
By using the latest scientific developments and drawing on incredible technological power, I-O-U has created weightless adornments unlike anything to precede them in the history of jewelry. Production combines parametric design and performance in titanium. By developing the brand and devising its new collections, I-O-U are not simply offering jewelry - they are telling a whole history of achievements in the combination of art, science, and technology. The brand I-O-U design studio & research lab started as the brainchild of Alexandra Grishina and Tatiana Bortnik. Alexandra is a jeweler whose long-standing craft has been both independent, as well as part of teams in some of Russia's leading jewelry houses. Alexandra creates jewelry by herself, with her own two hands. Creating her own brand is the next logical step in her career. Tatiana is an art historian specializing in contemporary art. She plays an active role in academia and education. What unites these two young women with such different backgrounds is a passion for the natural sciences and a philosophical approach to life. Do you recall Robert A. Heinlein's aphorism that "specialization is for insects?" This is apposite to our heroines, who by night would peruse scientific works on higher mathematics, physics and biology so as to fuse their interests and professional skills and create jewelry that is unlike anything on the market.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Parametric Design Titanium Choker Parametric Design Titanium Choker by Aleksandra Grishina is a Nominee in Generative, Algorithmic and Parametric Design Category.

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Parametric Design Titanium Choker Parametric Design Titanium Choker by Aleksandra Grishina is Winner in Generative, Algorithmic and Parametric Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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