Client: JH Drum Location: Cambridge, MA Date: 2013 The book and oar walls are whimsical studies of the field condition and the wave condition respectively, connecting to the end user's interest in design for delight. The 'reclaimed' books aggregate to form an objectscape of physical voxels, each with their own dimensional, color, and texture qualities. The composition of the field relies on a straightforward expression of the part to whole organizational structure, wherein the (1) wall is subdivided into (14) panels, panels into (approximately 2,275) books, and books into bindings and (more than half a million) pages. Gradient is used, along a diagonal trajectory, to further structure the field in a manner that breaks the boundaries of the panels. The books have their greatest depth, width, and thickness at the bottom left corner of the wall, and gradually taper in size to the shortest, narrowest, and thinnest at the opposing, upper right corner of the wall. Using the functionality of the oar as a driver for the composition of the wall, not only do the oars undulate in elevation, they also gently rotate in plan. The combined, implied motion serves to cultivate the idea of making waves, an important theme for the end user. The differentiation of color registers the wave pattern as a clear, graphic projection, and yet the idiosyncrasies of each hand made oars contributes to the overall sense of playfulness. __[Project Team] Matt Trimble Steve Listwon Ethan Zisson Haik Tokatlyan Ellen Ellerbee Karen Jann __[Design Collaborators] Natalie Engels, Gensler Joanne Rarangol, Gensler __[Suppliers] Van Fancy Oars & Paddles Caviness Oars Zubal Books+ More details
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