we are flowers


We Are Flowers is an installation I managed at SOFTlab
See the original project here at SOFTlab.
Team: Alex Karlsson Napp, Jozefien DeWachter, Kesra Mansuri, Marissa Volk, Michael Szivos, Nitzan Bartov, Ryan Whitby, Violet Whitney
 

computational design, parametric fabrication, universal unit with custom structure, lasercutting

 

 

Detail 1

The "We Are Flowers" Installation was designed specifically for the New York flagship Melissa Shoe store and inspired  by the company moto: "We are flowers". We wanted to carry the fun and organic forms of the shoe collection into the design.

It was a technological and engineering challenge to design something that would be light and natural from the large scale of the store down to a single pedal. The installation was made by laser cutting 20,000 flowers and an engineered Mylar net that is made of over 4,000 unique pieces. We used Grasshopper to break down the parametric surface into individual parts small enough to be flat cut on a laser cutter to assemble and erect the entire surface.

Detail 2

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Prototyping at Multiple Scales

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Working at Multiple Scales

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flower panel components

flower panel components

phasing of the installation

phasing of the installation

elevation

elevation

Lasercutting the Structure


calibrating the laser cutter to cut all the way through

appropriately sizing the holes for fashion snaps

labeling the X panels

appropriate thickness of the X panels to withstand the weight

cutting mylar flowers in mass

 

reducing stickiness without lighting things on fire

separating flowers

attaching the flowers 

 

snaps

hours and hours and good music

aligning the sheets

 

to the appropriate location in the store on install day, 

phasing so that we could hang while other pieces were cutting - installations all had to take place in the evening and thus

hanging with tension

 

springs hold the construction in tension

balancing taught and springyness

clamping to an aluminum bent pipe

hanging the sheets

 

in place

 

opening the store

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