Lotus: A Kinetic Luminary Object
2016 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Lotus is a kinetic luminary object that can change its light effect by an operable mechanism. As the operable mechanism is applied, it is gradually empowered by energy, unfolds, and releases the light. The object includes two parts. While the blossoming luminary upper part changes the impact of the light, the lower base defines the relationship between the object and the ground and provides stability for the object.
The object’s parts are made of aluminum and plastic and are assembled by bolt and screw. Aluminum is used for the internal structure of the object due to its strength and lightness. This aluminum skeleton, connected to the aluminum base, not only integrates the rest of the object’s parts but also carries the operable mechanism of the object. In order not to disturb the impact of the light, the internal operable mechanism is made of transparent plastic. However, the kinetic exterior envelope of the object operated by this internal mechanism is made of translucent plastic to capture the effect of the light.
To construct the object, different techniques are applied. While the base is a cast aluminum piece, the internal structure is cut by water jet from aluminum sheets. Besides, lasercamm machine is used to cut plastic parts for the internal mechanical system and exterior envelope. The accuracy of the cutting machines (water jet and lasercamm) helps the internal geometry of the movement to be executed precisely.