We (Nicholas Alexander) recently took on the design and installation for a small scale installation for the J+A cafe during this years Clerkenwell design week. Collaborating with designer Alex Mulligan, the form of the project references back to an old droveing route that ran cattle through the cafe area up to Smithfield Market.
The project was an ideal opportunity to stretch some design to fabrication muscles as limited budget/time meant little money/time for labor and therefore our process had to rely heavily on our CNC capabilities. Working as a design collaboration also leant itself to the more fluid work environment of Grasshopper as inputs and feedback from multiple sources could simultaneously evolve the design forward. Some final design parameters included; number of ribs, direction of focus, number of waves along ribs & amplitude of waves.
Material choice was based largely on cost/quantity but also the light diffusion that twin wall polycarbonate allows. The overall effect I feel was quite striking great considering the tight design time and budget involved.
The design, fabrication and installation team.
The installation is still up for the time being, no plans for taking it down soon so still time to check it out!