1/ COLLECTIVE RESEARCH – Richard Clarkson, Blossom.

PRESENTATION

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RICHARD CLARKSON

New York + New Zealand product & furniture designer. With a family background in farming and metal working industries Richard’s designs offer an innovative perspective on traditional materiel ideologies and combine them with new technologies and opportunities.

PROJECTS

‘Cloud’ is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning & thunder performance. It is also a music-activated visualizer and suspended speaker unit.

‘Cradle’ is about creating a safe, comfortable, and relaxing space in which the user can dissipate the overstimulation of their senses.

PROJECT: BLOSSOM

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MATERIAL USED

3D Printer / Multi-Material 3D print (simultaneous deposition of different build materials in a single print) /Tango Black (Flexibel Rubber) / Fullcure 720 (an almost crystal-clear, solid material)

Curved, Hollow Petals, Air, Ink, Solidworks (design program)

TECHNOLOGY USED:

Blossom, the world’s first inflatable 3D print, is an interactive installation with a group of closed flowers, blosseming when you pump air in them. The heart of the design is from mixed material, so it can be flexibel. The materials used try to get as close as possible to organic forms, The variation offers an opportunity to generate complex forms and dynamic structures that are otherwise impossible to make. Blossom specifically focused on two materials in particular: Tango Black (a rubbery, flexible material) and Fullcure 720 (an almost crystal-clear, solid material). Each bloom was created uniquely in Solidworks. The petals are made of the flexibel material, and the heart of the more solid one. As air is pumped into the chamber in the heart of the flower, it causes the inside of the petal to push against the outside of the petal front of it. As each petal pushes on the one in front of it, the bloom blossoms.

DOCUMENTATION:

EXPERIENCE/INTERACTION

The flowers bloom like real flowers do when you gently push into the indicated airpump. As air is pumped into the chamber in the heart of the flower, it causes the inside of the petal to push against the outside of the petal front of it. As each petal pushes on the one in front of it, the bloom blossoms. The solid part stays still. People can push 4 airpumps which are connected to different flowers. It is an interactive installation. The effect is that Clarkson created something natural, organic, by something that is totally not organic but manufactured. There are no electronics, it works on air-pressure. It almost becomes a game of finding the different colored insides of every flower.

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