Origami- Kinetic table
Kinetic Table
Concept
Organism has unbelievably strong and systematic structure and composition. Paper contains fibers and they are entangled with each other which make them possible to stay together without any additional medium. Idea of having no joint and still be able to construct a structure is fascinating. By folding papers, it naturally makes joints and holds pieces together. Because of foldability, paper maintains its tensible strength when folded back and forth.  Understanding characteristics of papers is critical to make foldable and transformable furniture without glue or joints.  
Unit vs Whole
Thickness of paper becomes an issue. The body is combined with 12 individual units which add additional thickness to the structure. The thicker papers are, the less accurate angle, height and width are, and that gives unstable support for structure. Thickness hinders not only a transformation process, but also limits paper choices. Therefore, I combined units to one long piece of paper and eliminated overlapping (redundant) areas, so that It becomes half length of the original. Combining units to whole saves a great deal of material, and increases accuracy in folding and assembly.
Material Study
Focused on mainly two aspects: material choices and shapes of table. Tried various materials such as shower curtains, face leather, polymer es, latex, fabric, and numerous papers. (Clear-print, Bristol, Acetate, Glassine inter, Yupo and drawing papers.) Through explorations that illustrate how  papers correspond with different textures, forms, thickness and sizes. Most of papers transformed  on small scales. However,  when small objects were scaled up and thicker the papers are, they start to tear out in a process of transforming. Papers containing more fibers are more likely to tear out- bristols, drawing papers, and most of uncoated papers. This results using coating paper which will prevent from tearing out. Therefore, papers were narrowed down to coated papers- Mylar, Acetate, Clear-print, Yupo etc-,and  my analysis was correct.  They did not have tearing problems, but thickness of paper which directly related to a structure of form, became an issue. 
 
Basic Load Path
As the furniture transforms, the load distribution follows the geometry. Origami structure allows to work structurally as a whole by synthesizing complex tension and compression. Inherently each form has its own load path and they deform adaptably as heavier object is applied. 
Origami- Kinetic table
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Origami- Kinetic table

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Published:

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