Transformable Design

How can we understand transformation itself as a design parameter that can be shaped, crafted and optimized? 

The mechanical explorations here represent a theoretical overview as well as practical methods for designing objects that can change their size, shape and surface.  Geometric and mechanical principles underlie these transformations, rule-sets allowing the designer to consider two types of transformation – parametric within the design process, and kinematic as expressed in actual movement and real-time behavior.

These objects were designed with the conviction that innovative insight arises from constant prototyping and testing. From these exercises, a hands-on understanding of various modes of physical behavior, control, and interaction was gained. These pieces, which are displayed here, all share the ability to exhibit physical transformation.  Their value extends beyond the very real craft and visual interest that they display, pointing towards new possibilities of objects capable of self-transformation and new ways of thinking about design itself.

This series of work was done while studying under Chuck Hoberman at in the Fall of 2013 at Harvard.




Transformable Design
laser cut acrylic, servo, zinc machine screws, time
dimensions variable, ranging from 5" x 5" x 1" to 30" x 17" x 2"