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Product Design - Homewares
An array is a systematic arrangement of objects. The morphology of this collection is based on a single based profile rotated around a point. The z-axis is then manipulated with the sinusoid function y(t) = A • sin(?t + ?). Variations to the axis location produce differentiated effects and volume, in this case the Banana Basket.
Power to Make
David Leggett / Paul Loh
LLDS/Power to Make - Paul Loh and David Leggett
The Banana Basket is an innovative design to hold bananas, or any fruit, or anything you would want to hold in a basket of this shape and size. The brief was to create a basket that was constructed from 2-dimensional profiled cut shapes which would beautifully display the items it held.
Project Innovation / Need
The collection uses computer scripting to generate a parametric model which can be adjusted through numeric controls to manipulate aspects such as height, diameter and number of shapes. The computer model is translated into a toolpath for a CNC router to cut. The results include the Banana Basket; the arrayed fins resemble the shape of our favourite fruit.
The main challenge was to source suitable plywood material which had a consistent thickness allowing the shapes to be slotted together. Finding just the right dimension to cut the slots took several prototyping attempts.
Our approach to sustainability is about being able to design and make our products locally within a single premise. As a micro manufacturing workshop in Melbourne we don’t mass produce single products but can make a variety of products in a single day allowing us to tailor our designs to meet our local customer base.
We used sustainable plywood sourced from FSC certified forests and a natural food safe wax finish.