Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Primo, generative custom coffee tables

Photo by Simplexio

Madalin Gheorghe from Studio Simplexio has created Primo, a series of custom coffee tables that combine generative design principles with flexible computer-aided manufacturing systems. Its intricate geometry is derived from a space-partitioning algorithm called Voronoi, which deals with matter aggregation at cellular levels in nature. The different parameters constitute a complete design from which the coffee table emerges. Based on the varied parameters an infinite number of coffee table iterations are generated. At the same time, it is all part of a unified aesthetic.

Design by Hamid Nicola Katrib. Photo by Alex Melente Photography.

The purpose of the research was to design and fabricate a furniture piece that can adapt to any room, dimension, or body anatomy. The Grasshopper plugin is a great tool because it is a powerful visual programming language, easy to use, and can deal with complex approaches. Without it, the complex shapes wouldn't be possible to draw or fabricate.

By combining the low unit cost of digital fabrication with the flexibility of customization, we've created modules that function both together and separately. More...

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