Project 1: Box ConstructionIntroduction to Box Structure Project Volume and Mass Box Construction
Introduction Organization Organization, the act of bringing separate elements together to form a unit or a structure, is a foundational component of the design process. Organization implies order, or at least an ordering, but this is not to say that design must be orderly. Is one version of the pictured Pink Project better than the others?Portia Munson.Top: Pink Project: Table. 1995. 2 6” x 8’ x 14.Center: Pink Project: Vitrines. 1995. 5 8” x 2 8” x 1 1⁄2".Bottom: Pink Project: Mound. 2006 – ongoing. approx. 6’ x 12.
BalanceActual and ImpliedBalance, in the realm of three-dimensionalstructure, has two faces:•Actual balance is a phenomenon ofnature ruled by gravity, operating in realspace.•Implied balance is a virtual or impliedcondition involving one’s awareness ofactual gravity and balance, but remaining astrictly visual experience that has more todo with the organizational and aestheticfactors of visual weight. Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The Apparition. 1984. Color photograph, 18 1⁄2“ x 14 1⁄2".
Symmetry Correspondence Across A DivideSymmetry occurs Bilateral symmetrywhen there is formal •humans and animals,correspondence on classical architecture,opposite sides of an automobiles.object’s centraldividing line—in •However, it is usuallysimpler terms, when only seen from oneleft and right sides perspective. When seenare mirror images. from the side, most of these objects are no longer symmetrical. Pierce-Arrow. Silver Arrow. 1933. Design concept Philip Wright, body engineer James Hughes. Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company.
Symmetry Correspondence Across A DivideRadial symmetry is based on symmetry around a centralaxis. Trees, flowers, many circular patterns, and mostcylindrical configurations are radially symmetrical.Spherical symmetry is the condition of having similar formarranged regularly around a single point. Ettore Sottsass. Transparent turquoise and yellow Knotweed pollen. Microscopic view. vase Alioth. 1983. For Memphis, executed by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese.
AsymmetryDynamic FormEvery balanced configurationthat is not symmetrical is asymmetricalAsymmetry is off center, out ofwhack, confrontational and dynamic. Daniel Libeskind. Extension to the Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building.
Harmony Unity, Balance and Order The following are some traditional definitions of harmony: • Unity; its elements form an integrated whole. • Balanced proportion. • A pleasing or orderly arrangement of parts. Harmony has a diminished, but not non-existent, role in contemporary art and design, partly because of the numerous competing ideas and principles in modern and contemporary design culture that are increasingly useful and compelling.Kay Fisker. Decanter. Silver (also octagonal tobacco jar). 1926.Manufactured by Anton Michelsen
Harmony Unity, Balance and OrderBronze statuette of a horse. Greek, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Dieter Rams and Gerd Alfred Muller,Late Hellenistic, late 2nd–1st century designers. Braun record player. 1957.BC. Bronze, 1 3 13⁄16" high.Plato believed that objects in the world were flawed reflections of forms that weretrue and ideal, and these perfect forms could exist only in the mental realm ofideas. Idealism within art and design, strives for a perfection that seeks deep,essential form.
Homework• Brainstorm the designs for box structure• Sketch ideas in your sketchbook• Bring materials: cardboard, measuring tape, brown packaging tape or masking tape, glue gun, glue sticks, box cutters.• In progress critique, final critique