Holy Ghost chair. An adaptation of the Kartell/Stark Louis ghost chair
The project was a commission from Fast UK and Folly with funding from the Arts Council. I was invited by Fast UK to submit a proposal for the exhibition Perimeters, Boundaries, and Borders based on my track record in digital design and manufacturing. I received a £2000 commission. Added to this I received Industrial support in kind from UK Rapid Prototyping bureau 3T RPD who produced two chairs for the exhibition. As with previous FutureFactories work the design created was a Meta design from which iterations could be generated. This project however used a computer script running in real time rather than the fixed loop of animation seen in previous work. This allows the creation of unique solutions on an industrial scale. The project was a chair design called Holy Ghost which was an adaptation of the Kartell/Philippe Stark Louis Ghost chair. The idea behind Holy Ghost was to point up the possibilities for modification and adaptation presented by 3D digital technologies. The Louis Ghost chair was selected as an iconic product. The back and arms of the chair were replaced with a one-piece plastic part produced by rapid prototyping (laser sintering, SLS). Rather than create an individual solution I created a piece of software that can generate an infinite series of one-off solutions in real time. The software was produced using Virtools a gaming software. Alongside the exhibition there was a one-day symposium at which I was a speaker discussing the Holy Ghost project. The chairs were borrowed by multinational Huntsman Advanced Materials for their annual conference in Basel, Switzerland. The chairs have been included by invitation in ‘Digitability’ and exhibition in DesignMai Berlin, May 2007 and have been requested for TRANS-FORM, Maison & Objet fair, Paris, 25-29 January 2008.
Research Group : Design and New Product Development
- School of Design