Documented By: Jeannie Jung
Date: 9 October 2018
Instructor: Marcela Godoy
Title: Hinge-On-You Organizer
- Project Statement of Purpose
It became easier to organize files and documents on laptop as it helps people to find the specific file when needed and to use proper softwares for specific uses. On the other hand, organizing small accessories in their rooms still feels like a lot of work. As a result, such cluttered tables with small goods, such as glasses, hair bands, earrings, bracelets, etc., not only looks messy but also makes it harder to find whatever they need to find. Especially, when it comes to accessories, you can even forget which ones you have when they are not organized well. I myself felt the need of having an organizer of which I can keep track of which accessories I have and make my table more neat and tidy. The goal of this project is to fabricate an efficient table organizer for small accessories using digital fabrication techniques. Bearing in mind that this organizer serves as a small furniture that can decorate one’s room, unique yet simple-to-use design will be an essential part of fabrication process.
- Literature and Art, Perspectives and Contexts
I was first inspired by a creative table lamp that I found online. A stack of wooden blocks are put around a central bulb, allowing the users to change how the light is coming out from the center. It is a simple lamp, nothing high-tech or require a complex process to build. Yet it brings you joy in an aspect that you can customize your own lamp by rotating the wooden blocks around it. I thought the table organizer can be constructed in a similar way, allowing users to hide some of the blocks while rotating other blocks to face outward and use them to hang their accessories.
Fig. 1. Creative Table Lamp
Furniture designer Carlo Ratti teamed up with Cassina to “create adaptable, flexible designs that respond to our many changing needs.” They built three prototypes under the theme of furnitures in the near future. Below images show the basic structure of the prototypes and is called MyWing (built in & freestanding). It functions as a standalone coffee table as well as a table-top for working, eating, writing and reading, a magazine rack, or a cup holder. It can change its shape by manually turning, moving, or reconfiguring the organization of hinges.
Fig. 2. MyWing
Before researching about MyWing, I was simply thinking of rotating several layers of blocks to make different configurations. But, I realized the use of hinges enables much more than merely a transformation of blocks. Just like a cube puzzle that kids play with, the table organizer with hinges to reconfigure its shape will have a default cylindrical shape and customize its configuration. This enables more freedom of shaping the organizer while ensuring more stableness in its standing.
I started researching with ‘creative small furnitures,’ then ‘table organizer designs,’ and to ‘digital fabrication furniture.’ The more I looked up online, the better and more creative my object became. Articles about the hinges and the actual pieces of work using them were truly helpful in coming up with a more efficient structure of the organizer. And looking at a collection of unique furniture designs added up to making my design more unique yet simple and clear.
- Project Description
I am thinking of making an organizer that reconfigures its shape as the users want. It will be a stack of separate blocks that can be expanded from one core column in the center using hinges. The blocks will be in different sizes and shapes in order to add more creativity and fun. In its default state, all the stacks will be facing inward, seeming like one simple cylinder. Depending on which blocks are turned to face outward, it will have different shape. There will be small bars attached and holes pierced on the blocks to facilitate hanging of small accessories on it.
Since it is easier to create an object with volume using 3D printers, the core cylinder will be made using 3D printer. Each stack of different sizes with either holes and/or small bars at the end will be designed using Illustrator, Rhino, and/or Grasshopper, and will be cut from wood stack using Laser Cutter.
- Project Significance
A table organizer may sound like a trivial object for a mere room decoration. While it is not absolutely wrong, I would like to emphasize more on the impact such a small object can bring to one’s daily life. In a perspective of individuals, it is not only the huge, magnificent, world-changing inventions that leave impacts on one’s life. Furniture and interior design have been an effective tool to add up to refreshing one’s lifestyle. I expect to create a creative and unique small furniture which is easy to use and interesting enough to contribute to one’s interior design. And, eventually, such a small but interesting object in one’s room will be the starting point of giving more joy to one’s repetitive or plain lifestyle.
- Project Design and Production
I would like to use wood material of moderate thickness for each turnable blocks. Wood can give stable and cozy impression and is often used for furniture design. However, for the central column, unshrinkable plastic will be a better choice considering the fabrication process. CNC machine in the IMA Studio is more suitable for cutting small objects, and laser cutters cannot cut a thick wood into a cylinder. As long as the plastic is structured concrete, it will serve well as the main column. Depending on the availability of laser cutter, small bars that will be attached to some wood blocks might be created using 3D printer and attached to the block later. The material to make the most essential part of the object, the hinges that connect the wooden blocks and between the blocks and the central column, will be decided after trying out with both 3D printer and laser cutter.