Different Ways To Infinity: Modular
Design sculpture by felixluque is made up of ten dodecahedrons which can be arranged together in a variety of ways - video embedded below:
The system is composed of 10 rhombic dodecahedrons, geometrical objects part of the family of «Space-filling polyhedra»: shapes that can be assembled to generate a tessellation of an infinite space. These forms act as the building blocks for a sculpture generator.
The sculpted furniture from bronze series designed by Dutch studio Tjep is a reaction to the digitalisation and virtualisation of basic human needs. The series has been presented at Designblok Prague 2014.
Programmable Materials consist of material compositions that are designed to become highly dynamic in form and function, yet they are as cost-effective as traditional materials, easily fabricated and capable of flat-pack shipping and self-assembly. These new materials include: self-transforming carbon fiber, printed wood grain, custom textile composites and other rubbers/plastics, which offer unprecedented capabilities including programmable actuation, sensing and self-transformation, from a simple material.
Nearly every industry has long desired smarter materials and robotic-like transformation from apparel, architecture, product design and manufacturing to aerospace and automotive industries. However, these capabilities have often required expensive, error-prone and complex electromechanical devices (motors, sensors, electronics), bulky components, power consumption (batteries or electricity) and difficult assembly processes. These constraints have made it difficult to efficiently produce dynamic systems, higher-performing machines and more adaptive products, until now. Our goal is true material robotics or robots without robots.
A couple of examples - here is a proof-of-concept adaptive airfoil which does not require any additional mechanical parts:
Here is a proof of concept demonstration of ‘programmable wood’:
More about this project can be found here
Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson on the set of The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1981
The photos in Alvaro Sanchez-Montaes’ series “Indoor Desert” were taken in Namibia’s abandoned Kolmanskuppe settlement, a ghost town engulfed by desert sands.
Lucio Fontana, Ambiente spaziale al neon, 1951 [ceiling] x Richard Long, White River, 1994 [floor] at the 22nd Biennial of São Paulo, 1994
My Wife Yoko, 1968-1976