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IN DENSE URBAN AREAS, HOW CAN EXISTING SPACES BE OPTIMIZED TO MEET ALL OF THE NEEDS OF ITS USER OVER THE COURSE OF AN ENTIRE DAY?

Just Like Origami.

Being able to take out a sheet of material, fold it, and assemble furniture without the need for hardware or tools would probably feel just as miraculous as it materializing from the floor to someone living in a studio apartment the size of a suburban living room.

Geometric Experiments with Platonic Solids

Geometric Experiments with Platonic Solids

Paper Prototype of a Stool

Paper Prototype of a Stool

Paper Prototype of a table

Paper Prototype of a table

Some Paper Prototypes in a Lego Room

Some Paper Prototypes in a Lego Room

So How would it work?

Below are some visual studies of single unit configurations but the general idea is that a rigid material would be cut along the intended folding lines, and then given a flexible joint. Then different configurations of folds and combinations of units instantaneously provides all of the furniture you could need. If at any point a unit wasn’t needed, then it could be unfolded and stored with the at most the same footprint of a half sheet of plywood.

Table Study based on the bird base

Table Study based on the bird base

Couch Study

Couch Study

Stool Study

Stool Study

It also should behave As a system

Designing individual pieces of furniture is important, but another component is understanding how these elements can operate as modules. Using the parametric modeling plugin Grasshopper, I have been exploring how different modules and configuration can operate as an entire system.

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A detail of the simple configuration for “petals“

A detail of the simple configuration for “petals“

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A longer script to create more intricate geometry

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A Lamp made by combining type A and type B modules

A Lamp made by combining type A and type B modules

A Lounger made up of a modified and unmodified type B units.

A Lounger made up of a modified and unmodified type B units.

Entire rooms can be made up using this system, and then the furniture can be broken down and stored.

Entire rooms can be made up using this system, and then the furniture can be broken down and stored.