HEXAGON is a ‘Honeycomb’ inspired design which centers the attention on minimalism.
In nature, a honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal wax cells, structurally firm for its purpose. Man-made Honeycombs follow religiously to this natural construction for its ideal strength and lightweight properties. Synthetic Honeycombs can be explored with a variation of materials and in this instance, paper was selected for minimal material cost & weight.
In additional, the flexibility to stretch and retract allows an opportunity for the creation of this concept. The wall cells expand when stretched, increasing the area of negative spaces which permit the natural diffusion of light. Furthermore, this flexibility allows the design to transform into different variations and yet maintaining the integrity of the structure.
The Illumination The illumination was positioned along the Honeycomb wall, merging within the same identity. Due to the flexibility, the wall can be flipped inside-out, making the one-sided illumination reflects within the inner wall, creating a soft ambient lighting. The stretchable wall also allows the internal illumination to diffuse through the expanded Hexagonal spaces for a controlled effect.
In addition, there is a possibility of flattening the structure for any flat surfaces, making it into another added form of lighting. In conclusion, this design is about the relationship of how form and function interacts.
Modeling Techniques: Computer Aided Laser Cutting, Handcrafted
Materials: 220gsm Paper Clear Polyester Sheet 0.03in Basswood Sheet 1mm
Adhesives: Double-Sided Tape Crafting Glue
Electronics: 12V SMD LED Strip (White)
[Alternative: Electroluminescence, EL Light] Brass Strip/Wiring Micro Push Switch
Batteries: 4x 3V CR1220 Cell Batteries