Synthetic Grain utilizes computational design and digital fabrication techniques to mimic natural grain patterns and organic forms with synthetic manufactured materials. A grasshopper definition was created that adjusts parallel lines around a set of points or “knots” based on proximity to that point. The result is a three dimensionally curved, contoured surface made of laser cut polystyrene that lock into slots in a plywood backer. The project was developed to be made at various scales by changing material thicknesses and number of custom panels. This would allow for development as a building skin, retail storefront, or simply the backdrop for a bar. The manner in which the strips engage the wood allow for changing perceptions as the user moves past. While of the same language, each part is unique to its specific condition, similar to natural systems.
The installation has first been shown at Upland Brewing Co.’s superbowl party “The Dirty Party in the Clean Zone,” hosted by Young and Laramore. The piece served as a visually dynamic backdrop for the DJ. We’d like to thank Doug Dayhoff and Jason Cooper from Upland for the opportunity to show our work to the community. The party and atmosphere was awesome!
The original prototype and video can be seen here.