2018 Lexus Design Award_Finalist / Academic Work
Co-merging softness and hardness, a project that explores new ways to fabricate various objects.
Fabric Block is a malleable reusable fabric cloth which can be utilized in a variety of ways: a network system, toy, architectural structure, and more. Prototypes employ new methods of fabric forms to explore the structural performance of catenary shapes found in thin shells.
The process of Fabric Block’s creation involves filling a suspended sewn fabric with earth and then its 3D shape is manipulated into a soft assembly form by wrapping it around a pre-casted block. The soft form is then hardened by a solution and the earth is emptied out, leaving behind a semi-opaque, free-standing, super lightweight shell.
Fabric Block can be adaptable depending on its materials and adjusting the hardness and softness with the hardening solution. Future exploration can be done on how the Fabric Block be used in a per formative manner or for industrial purposes.
The properties of soft materials give users diverse experience. Sweeping, torque, push and pull make different input data to the detection process. For example, the hard wooden structure can be acted as joystick with X and Y coordinate.