June 2008

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Furniture

Sensors

Et Dukkehjem

More work on the ‘Et Dukkehjem’ project. The first picture above shows ‘Nora’ and ‘Torvald’ with ‘Krogstad’ (or at least a prototype version of the table that will become ‘Krogstad’). Roger J. Berent and Kyle Hulewat – otherwise known as Metropolitan Architecture Practice are designing and making ‘Krogstad’. We recently saw Roger and Kyle’s FIT Furniture on a visit to their office and thought it would be perfect. So we invited them to collaborate by designing a custom table for the exhibition. We have also invited Karl Daubmann and PLY Architecture to collaborate with us by designing ‘Mrs. Linde’ – a lamp. We have still to resolve the details of ‘Dr. Rank’ other than he will be a rug. We are beginning the process of prototyping the electronics that will connect the furniture to the audience, each other and the Internet.

TORVALD, an armchair.
When Torvald is sat on a webcam is activated and begins streaming images to the project website.

NORA, a rocking stool.
When Nora is sat on and rocked lines from Ibsen’s play are uploaded from a database via Twitter to the project website. Nora also ‘twitters’ for the present audience by playing pre-recorded audio clips.

Mrs. LINDE, a lamp.
Mrs. Linde changes from a warm to a cool light quality/color and back again in a timed sequence.

KROGSTAD, a table.
Krogstad plays pre-recorded audio clips triggered by the audience and determined by the present state of Mrs. Linde.

Dr. RANK, a rug.
Dr. Rank acts as a switch changing the state of the objects from passive to active (with an audio cue – a doorbell) The rug will be used to define the extents of the work and cover any trailing wires.

Sherman Finch is helping us with the hardware and software.

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More work on the ‘Et Dukkehjem’ project. The first picture above shows ‘Nora’ and ‘Torvald’ with ‘Krogstad’ (or at least a prototype version of the table that will become ‘Krogstad’). Roger J. Berent and Kyle Hulewat – otherwise known as Metropolitan Architecture Practice are designing and making ‘Krogstad’. We recently saw Roger and Kyle’s FIT Furniture on a visit to their office and thought it would be perfect. So we invited them to collaborate by designing a custom table for the exhibition. We have also invited Karl Daubmann and PLY Architecture to collaborate with us by designing ‘Mrs. Linde’ – a lamp. We have still to resolve the details of ‘Dr. Rank’ other than he will be a rug. We are beginning the process of prototyping the electronics that will connect the furniture to the audience, each other and the Internet.

CNC

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Setting Up

Routing

After Routing

Dry Fit

We began cutting out Nora and Torvald. The material is half inch thick European Birch plywood (9 ply). The profiles were made in Rhino, nested with the Mosaix plug-in, and sent to Mastercam as IGES files. The parts were CNC routed (thanks Josh Bard) almost the entire way through the material and then manually separated from the sheet using a trim router and a laminate cutting bit – this was to prevent the smaller parts flying off and screwing anything up. The last image above is a dry fit after a light sanding.

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I have been working on a new rootoftwo piece ‘Et Dukkehjem’ (after Henrik Ibsen). Pictured here are designs for a rocking stool (Nora) and an armchair (Torvald). We have re-read Ibsen’s play from the point of view of the user-object relations between the main characters and domestic objects. The image(s) above are my first (and second) test renders using the beta of Brazil r/s for Rhino.





[Update] – Cutting out Nora and Torvald. The material is half inch thick European Birch plywood (9 ply). The profiles were made in Rhino, nested with the Mosaix plug-in, and sent to Mastercam as IGES files. The parts were CNC routed (thanks Josh Bard) almost the entire way through the material and then manually separated from the sheet using a trim router and a laminate cutting bit – this was to prevent the smaller parts flying off and screwing anything up. The last image above is a dry fit after a light sanding.

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Nora & Torvald

We have been working on a new work ‘Et Dukkehjem’ (after Henrik Ibsen).

Dramatis Personae:

TORVALD HELMER.
NORA, his wife.
Doctor RANK.
Mrs. LINDE.
NILS KROGSTAD.

“A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly. At the back, a door to the right leads to the entrance-hall, another to the left leads to Helmer’s study. Between the doors stands a piano. In the middle of the left-hand wall is a door, and beyond it a window. Near the window are a round table, arm-chairs and a small sofa. In the right-hand wall, at the farther end, another door; and on the same side, nearer the footlights, a stove, two easy chairs and a rocking-chair; between the stove and the door, a small table. Engravings on the walls; a cabinet with china and other small objects; a small book-case with well-bound books. The floors are carpeted, and a fire burns in the stove. It is winter.”