Collapse and Compress

Collapsible structures 

Is when an object can fold into itself and take up small amount of space. I find the mechanisms behind objects that do this fascinating. I want to take this concept and create something that can help people out in their daily lives, whilst being aesthetically pleasing. 

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Jule Waibel 

Jule Waibel is a Royal College of Art graduate and has produced a series of foldable paper clothes and other products including a dress that collapses and adjusts when you move. 

Wailbel project called Entfaltung (unfold/expand/develop) features an orange coloured umbrella and a dress. "Collapsible structures reflect how our world is constantly changing," claims designer Julie Waibel. "This project celebrates the beauty found between geometry, transformation and play."

I like this piece because it depicts complex structures and imaginative play. I enjoy her take on folding and collapsing paper and how she transforms everyday objects into these structures. 

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Flux Chair 

The flux chair is an award winning Dutch firm that designed a chair that looks like a gian envelope. But turns into a designer chair. It is also made from polypropylene and there is six colours to choose from.

 97% Space reduction. When folded flat the volume of the Flux Chair is reduced with an unequalled 97%. This makes the furniture ideal for events, trade fairs you name it! Source: http://www.fluxfurniture.com/items/chair 

I love the look of it. The sharp corners and unique shape makes it very appealing. Although, I do wish there was a more simplier way of opening and unfolding the product. I think older age consumers could have a hard time trying to get it open. 

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Do Hit Chair - hit by van der poll

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The customer is given a hamer and with it they shape the metal box into whatever they choose it to be. 

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Dzmitry Samal 

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Dzmitry Samal's geometric soda cans show similar polyhedral propensities, although, the geometry is sternly decorative. And the practicality of the design seems to be arguable. I like the design but it doesn’t seem to add that functionality that benefits the user with. Coke did sponser the world cup so it would have been a clever idea to incorporate that using the geometric design on the can. This would add to the understanding of why the cup is shaped in that particular way and therefore this will make the can more attractive and relevant. 

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Ayca Dundar- The Drop Umbrella 

Ayca Dundar is a designer who has created a umbrella that has a pop-up canopy that allows it to be opened up and recovered more effiecently. Haven witnessed the broken umbrellas she saw in london's streets, Dundar was determined to find a better solution to it. She commented saying that "Their complex structure makes them fragile and non-repairable," she said. "They are so rigid that they turn inside out and break during strong winds." The Drop umbrella flexes during strong winds and returns to its original shape afterwards. 

I like how it opens up with ease and the colours that it has mean that it would be customisable and can personalised to the user.

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Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez - Collapsible Mop

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez has used spring steel technology to make a collapsible mop, that can be stored in small spaces. This material can be found in normal tape measures and is really elastic and impact resistant. 

I thought using this material is a clever way of making objects compress and collapse. But since the mop is elastic it will force its way back to its original shape. This product doesnt have anything that can wrap around it to keep it in this form. 

The video demonstrates how both these designers incorporate spring steel in their work. 

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Foldable Plug by Min-Kyu Choi

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