Metal Wind Chime Musical Instrument by Bryan Wong

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Metal Wind Chime

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Musical Instrument

INSPIRATION:
Each material correlates with its own distinct design pattern. They are engineered to maximize resonance based on each material, bringing out their distinct character. The patterns are not only visually pleasing but were orchestrated to create specific notes. The acoustic quality was optimized for sound projection while creating pleasing notes for emotional appeal.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Wind Chime is nature's musical instrument, dancing along the natural movement of air. We may not be able to see the wind as it breezes by us, yet we can hear it and feel its presence around us. Each breeze is a chance striking at the unknown. There is elegance within all these randomnesses - an order within the chaos. This simple interaction can either lead to the disruption of silence or the anticipation of an unknown melody.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Metal Wind Chime is nature's musical instrument, dancing along the natural movement of air. Each breeze is a chance striking at the unknown. This simple interaction can either lead to the disruption of silence or the anticipation of an unknown melody. They are engineered to maximize resonance based on each material, bringing out their distinct character. The patterns are not only visually pleasing but were orchestrated to create specific notes.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in December 2016 and finished in March 2017. The entire duration of the project took place in Brooklyn, NY.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This project started with concept sketches and was further developed with CAD and renders. By utilizing CAD software, I was able to generate numerous design patterns for testing and validation. Apart from running simulations, I also utilized renderings to help inform me on aesthetics and finding the right balance. After multiple rounds of testing and validations, the final patterns were chosen and were fabricated with a 5-axis CNC machine.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 38.1mm x Depth 38.1mm x Height 300mm, Aluminum: 6061 T6, Copper: C11000, Brass: C28000

TAGS:
Wind Chime, Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Metal, Material, CNC, Modern, Acoustic, Manufacturing

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This project requires a vast knowledge of acoustic engineering and materials in order to reinterpret a product that we're already familiar with. After a deep dive in the subject, I was able to put my research into practice to test and validate my hypotheses. By utilizing CAD and prototypes, I was able to fine-tune the design patterns while taking advantage of the high precision of the fabrication. The patterns are not only visually pleasing but were orchestrated to create specific notes.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge was to validate my hypothesis, investigate variables and collect data. Although I'm able to play various musical instruments, I've never designed one myself. Designing a musical instrument requires an observant hearing and a vast knowledge of material science. In order for me to continue my pursuit of this project, I had to learn acoustic engineering and play with various materials. Although this was my most challenging projects thus far, I'm very pleased with my result.

ADDED DATE:
2018-01-04 10:43:52

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Bryan Wong

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer and Creator Bryan Wong, MWC, 2017
Image #2: Photographer and Creator Bryan Wong, MWC, 2017
Image #3: Creator Bryan Wong, MWC, 2017
Image #4: Photographer and Creator Bryan Wong, MWC, 2017
Image #5: Photographer and Creator Bryan Wong, MWC, 2017

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Bryan Wong

PROFILE:
Bryan Wong is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer who believes that design should be created with a twist of respect and dash of playfulness. Bryan observes the world around him constantly and is always inspired by them. Bryan's vision is to design simple products that can trigger a deeper connection between users and materials — making the ordinary extraordinary. Bryan observes the world around him constantly and is always inspired by them. This passion and curiosity lead Bryan to great discoveries, allowing him to create innovative, beautiful and compelling products that solve real needs. Bryan likes to explore how different materials and manufacturing method can accentuate designs of an object. This micro consideration shows the level of detail are taken into account of people's lifestyles, and how it enables the user to do better, complex work and eliminates frustration. A 2015 graduate of Pratt Institute's acclaimed ID program, Bryan has developed products on his own and in collaboration with others. Bryan grew up in Hong Kong, Canada and the USA. As a Third Culture Individual, he is heavily influenced by many cultures. This global experience gives him unique insight and experience upon which to draw from in his design work.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Metal Wind Chime Musical Instrument by Bryan Wong is a Nominee in Musical Instruments Design Category.

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Metal Wind Chime Musical Instrument by Bryan Wong is Winner in Musical Instruments Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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