Dancing Cubes Theme Installation

Art Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design.

Dancing Cubes Theme Installation
by Naai-Jung Shih

  • Awarded April 15, 2019
  • CLIENT: Naai-Jung Shih
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This design interacts with displayed subject by modules. This theme stand is designed with self-expanded mechanism to connect six or more cubes to an up-scaled unit in three perpendicular directions. The free form configuration with notches makes the connection similar to interlaced dancing people. The arrangement of small holes creates a structure of accommodation for subject with linear parts.

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Dancing Cubes Theme Installation

Naai-Jung Shih

Designer of Dancing Cubes Theme Installation


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Interview with Naai-Jung Shih on Dancing Cubes Theme Installation

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
This design interacts with displayed subject by modules. This theme stand is designed with self-expanded mechanism to connect six or more cubes to an up-scaled unit in three perpendicular directions. The free form configuration with notches makes the connection similar to interlaced dancing people. The arrangement of small holes creates a structure of accommodation for subject with linear parts.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
Dancing cubes represent a miniature of a society where people meet people and dance. A base cube unit is designed in a symmetric free form configuration with three-way holes on each corner to accommodate subjects.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
Promote it, sale it, or keep developing it in different scales, materials, or under different themes.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
This 3D file was originally created 2018.07 in Taipei. Various types of configuration were explored. The specific set was thickened and opened up as assembled parts in 2018. The duration was about three months of intensive works.
Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
This design was not produced or used by another company. To sell or lease related production rights are welcome, although I prefer to produce this work myself.
What made you design this particular type of work?
The free form configuration with notches makes the connection similar to interlaced bodies. The arrangement of (small) holes creates a structure of accommodation for (subject with) linear parts.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
No other designs and designers that helped the influence the design of my work.
Who is the target customer for his design?
The potential target customers include interior designers and architects to be added as part of design or decoration, or for private collectors for personal collections.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
There might be design with similar concepts, but it’s the manner of interpretation in terms of configuration that makes difference.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
Dancing cubes represent a miniature of a society where people meet people and dance. A base cube unit is designed in a symmetric free form configuration with three-way holes on each corner to accommodate subjects.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
The design was explored using software and hardware platforms. The former was parametric programs, and the latte was 3D printing machines.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
A base cube unit is designed in a symmetric free form configuration with three-way holes on each corner to accommodate subjects. A self-expanded connection mechanism was developed to make a cube reach out in three perpendicular directions.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
Nobody collaborates with me for this design. The 3D printed parts were made by paid output service. The finish was made by paid coating service.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
Tests were conducted to create the cube with appropriate curvature, gap, and diameter of holes. A 3D mathematic program k3dsurf was used to create the original 3D surface and then thickened and smoothened afterward using another 3D program Geomagic Studio.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
Researches were made to the unit configuration for aesthetic and dynamic appearance. Fastening mechanism was also explored to avoid intrusion type of connection. A flexible type of connection mechanism is needed.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
The distribution of string has to be well-planned to assure a balance of compression on each corner. There are two types of end stops. The first one with string route three sides leads to uneven distribution of compression. The second type utilizes the notch-like end and its contour shape to connect two units from the opposite faces.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
It is a self-promoting or self-evolving process to become part of an international design competition.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
A design work was improved through stages of development in a recursive loop of examination under different scales. That’s why some design works were made more than one year.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
There is always issue to be addressed. Let’s keep it open for next year or next competition.

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