Chris Johnson, a Bachelor of Design Studies student at The Boston Architectural College, earned Second Place in the Art/Architecture category of the 7th annual 2011 Extreme Redesign Contest sponsored by Dimension 3D Printing.
The decorative light pendant is a generative design prototype for the mass customization of interior lighting. The design of the pendant is almost entirely based off an algorithm which defines the size of each perforation individually depending on their distance from an object (for example, the distance from the ceiling, floor and walls may vary for each location i.e stairwells, coves, dining etc.). Each of these variables are then individually calculated for emitting the exact optimal illumination to the surrounding objects/surfaces. The end result is an incredibly functional and aesthetically justified light fixture that is uniquely generated by its predetermined location and use.
This past fall, Chris enrolled in Robotic Arm Fabrication, a course hosted by Radlab. Instructor Matthew Trimble said about Chris: "He is a focused, hard-working student who continually strives to challenge and probe and strengthen his notions of design. It's been a pleasure to teach him and see the fruits of his labor. I'm very proud of him for doing so well in the Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge hosted by Stratasys, Inc. In the Robotic Arm Fabrication course hosted by Radlab last fall, we grappled with the idea of using a multiaxis robot as a platform for the development of a range of design machines (end effectors), each meant to interact with and operate on a diversity of material compositions. Chris's work in the Robotic Arm Fabrication course explored the concept of CNC weaving, and while we struggled with an entirely new tool and method of fabrication, Chris was relentless in pursuing excellence in his work."