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MULTITHREAD by Kram/Weisshaar

(all images by Tom Vack )

In this installation for Nilufar Gallery, Weisshaar and Kram introduce a new paradigm of Force-Driven Structures. The design of each piece of MULTITHREAD furniture begins with a set of horizontal surfaces positioned in space: table top, shelf, desk, etc. A web of thin connecting bars is defined to support these surfaces. Then a custom software created by the designers analyzes, modifies and paints the structure based on the forces passing through it. The final form and colour of every joint is a direct representation of the energy it supports.

The software outputs a complete set of digital blueprints for the tubes and connecting joints which are subsequently 3D printed by the latest metal printing technology: Selective Laser Melting (SLM). These are then handed to a team of master 21st craftsmen who join the parts together and apply colours to the frame according to the computer generated finite elements calculations. Each joint is custom painted to illustrate the forces acting within it.

MULTITHREAD was a part of the Adhocracy show curated by Joseph Grima at the Istanbul Design Biennial from October 13 to December 12, 2012 at the former Galata Greek Primary School.

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