Parametrically designed installation
Our present era is accurately referred to as the plastic age. Plastics are versatile materials with an amazing range of benefits that make them irreplaceable in the modern world. However, the use of petroleum-based plastics has serious consequences on our planet. We therefore need projects that approach these issues critically.
Slovak chemists and designers under the Crafting Plastics! brand developed Nuatan, a bioplastic made only from sustainable, fully-degradable natural ingredients. At the event of one prestigious social event, we created a photo wall which paid tribute to nature using this bioplastic. It was designed by parametric processes and inspired by the flow of natural forces.
- Year: 2019
- Type: Design
- Stage: Design and prototype creation
- Client: Crafting plastics! studio
About the client
Crafting Plastics! is a renowned design studio focused on the research of innovative materials and their practical application. They currently focus on the development and design of Nuatan, a bioplastic made of 100% renewable resources, which does not generate microplastics at the moment of decomposition or contribute to the man-made climate change causes. Nuatan was precisely the material that we presented with our parametric photo wall at the prestigious social event.
The phenomena of nature and parametric design have many things in common. We may compare the parametric generation of objects to natural forms that emerge under the influence of several external and internal forces, influence each other and form a comprehensive system. We design them indirectly by defining the forces that create them. Bioplastic, which in a form of panels creates the mass of the installation, has a surface that evokes irregular natural ornaments. This is a result of the production process which involves pressing from granules of different colors and transparencies. Thanks to its degradability, this material is in line with the vision of production with a positive impact.
We did not try to replicate any specific natural form during the designing process. Our way of working requires a thorough understanding of how a particular phenomenon works, so that we can then computationally simulate it and create a novel, comprehensive, yet well-justified solution. With the help of computational tools, we can work and design at the level of simulations of natural systems - we set the forces and influences that create shapes and forms similarly to how they are created in nature. This way we have good control over every small part of a complex design form.
We created a scale model of laser-cut steel plates that helps us verify if all parts fit together properly. Each part of this puzzle is rotated differently, the angle of rotation of each of the plates being defined with mathematical precision. We have absolute control over the design and production process, thanks to which the finished prototype acts dynamically and naturally and is visually intricate and rich. Just like the shapes formed by natural forces.