The aim of our project was to create an interesting and useful piece of furniture. After brainstorming we decided on the bookshelf. There were several principles which we wanted to follow in our concept. First of all we were heading for “do it yourself”, easy to build, open source design. Secondly we were bearing in mind that our project has to be catchy, interesting and different from the regular, available bookshelf. What is more our design had to be suitable for various users and changing environments, spaces. Our final design is shown in the photo presentation above. We created the 1/2 scale model. The bookshelf’s model is created from cardboard layers, each of which is made of a few smaller pieces so that their laser cutting is possible. Elements are connected together by screws, holding pieces tightly. Eventual shape of the bookshelf was taken from the pattern created by inverted hanging model (methodology explained below).Then using computer we have managed to transfer this physical model into Rhino. Idea was to create all the layers, marking specific connections between them and preparing layers in the form of unrolled surfaces which we were able to laser cut. While designing our bookshelf we took into consideration existing forces and their impact on the model. While doing so we came across Gaudi’s “hanging chain” model. The hanging model is based on the theory of the reversion of the catenary. A chain suspended from two points will hang spontaneously in the shape of the so called catenary. Only tension forces can exist in a chain. The form of the catenary upside down gives a perfect shape of an arch in which only reversed forces of tension, being compression, will occur. In our model we wanted to apply this principle in order to find a solution to make it more stable. We build our “chain” model from fishing lines, connecting them in previously drawn points by paperclips. In connections we applied different weights. The direction and amount of forces determined the shape of the spacing and length of the strings. Results were various but in each example forces were balanced. What is more we noticed that the strings between points created straight lines, so while making physical model we have taken this rule into consideration. We used following idea for creating both 2D and more specified, complex 3D chain hanging models. In the pictures below 3D, 2D model and its physical, inverted representation, prototype is shown. However before settling on the philosophy and rules which are explained above , we were playing with the design and shape of our bookshelf. We generated model in Rhino using Grasshopper. We were able to change design freely and easily on the computer. After choosing most suitable design we have done its physical model in small scale. It was not until this, one of our first physical models shown below, when we had understood that we needed to stabilize it using some physical, scientific principles. Our design takes its origin in inspirations we had. We were researching a lot, considering different materials and techniques, and then using them for building mock ups. These small scale physical models helped us to visualize different designs and test their potentials.

Mahmoud  El Hakim   4053718

Leo  Alves              4053178

Ewelina Stawowy     4053582

Paulina Kowalska      4053585 

Kirill Tsuman

The aim of our project was to create an interesting and useful piece of furniture. After brainstorming we decided on the bookshelf. There were several principles which we wanted to follow in our concept. First of all we were heading for “ do it yourself ”, easy to build, open source design. Secondly we were bearing in mind that our project has to be catchy, interesting and different from the regular, available bookshelf. What is more our design had to be suitable for various users and changing environments, spaces. Our final design is shown in the photo presentation above. We created the ½ scale model. The bookshelf’s model is created from cardboard layers, each of which is made of a few smaller pieces so that their laser cutting is possible. Elements are connected together by screws, holding pieces tightly.
My initial idea was to create multi functional decoration element, which is fully customized by its user.
Object is combined from diamond shape modules, which can easily be joined together. This enables customer to adjust product to his needs, change its size and shape through adding or removing particular modules. Depending on material selection and location this decoration element could serve as a screen, curtain or carpet. 

My initial idea was to create multi functional decoration element, which is fully customized by its user.

Object is combined from diamond shape modules, which can easily be joined together. This enables customer to adjust product to his needs, change its size and shape through adding or removing particular modules. Depending on material selection and location this decoration element could serve as a screen, curtain or carpet.