Candelabra

Candelabra is a design research project done in collaboration with David Boira and Zoe Coombes as an independent study under the guidance of Hernan Diaz Alonso at Columbia University. The forms and assembly logic are based on research into minimal surfaces and genetic organization that I had done in Bill Macdonald’s design studio earlier in the semester.

Our intention was to produce a chandelier that relies on its architecture rather than its technology for its performance. The curvature of the components was optimized to refract light as well as to connect seamlessly at its edges either in plane or offset. This logic allows for multiple configurations that were in the end sampled from the refractive behavior of scripted flocking patterns.

The components themselves are made from vaccum formed plastic and joined in the center with fiberglass tape. The seams were refined with bondo, sanded, and finished with primer and finally painted with three coats of auto body paint. The components are assembled using tranparent plates that were made using a laser cutter.

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design ALEXANDER PINCUS + ZOE COOMBES + DAVID BOIRA program COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY GSAPP course INDEPENDENT STUDY critic HERNAN DIAZ ALONSO type INSTALLATION location NEW YORK, NY status COMPLETE year 2005

Candelabra » Photograph by Isa Wipfli

Candelabra » SCI-Arc’s 3-axis mill carving a mold out of laminated particle board

Candelabra » SCI-Arc’s 3-axis mill carving a mold out of laminated particle board

Candelabra » David Boira removing the first vacuum forming test at the Warner Brothers set building shop in L.A.

Candelabra » David Boira removing the first vacuum forming test at the Warner Brothers set building shop in L.A.

Candelabra » Two unfinished components with the a test connector plate

Candelabra » Two unfinished components with the a test connector plate

Candelabra » 72 component halves made from vacuum formed PETG plastic

Candelabra » 72 component halves made from vacuum formed PETG plastic

Candelabra » Zoe Coombes finishing the fiberglass connection between the two halves of a component at PS-1

Candelabra » Zoe Coombes finishing the fiberglass connection between the two halves of a component at PS-1

Candelabra » My brother Miles preparing a component for another round of autobody paint

Candelabra » My brother Miles preparing a component for another round of autobody paint