Product Family Final Post – Bernita Ling

This project was inspired by the difficulty often faced when putting flowers in a vase. The flowers either clump together or are too far apart. This work aims to create a vase that makes a balanced bouquet no matter how many stems you have.

The design utilizes a series of tubes that run along a circle. The diameter of the circle and the tubes can change, independent of each other. The tubes can also be tilted at an angle, which gives the forms a tapered silhouette. The tubes can also change in height. I printed a range of products – from many tubes with low tilt to few tubes with high tilt.

The main challenges throughout the project: capping only one side of the tube, creating thickness without crashing grasshopper, and creating one solid piece instead of multiple tubes (I ended up using Boolean Union after baking).

Once printed, I was able to play with the space in the middle of the form. As the diameter of the circle grows, so does the empty space in the middle – providing a space for another vase to sit in. See below!

The original form of this project is relatively simple: a tube – but through manipulation of height, diameter, tilt, and quantity, this project produces a variety of very different forms.











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Project 2 – Design Development (GROUP BERNITA + MICHELLE)


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Entire Code (but text is too small to view)
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This part was shown in our earlier post. 
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We isolated the bottom shelf so that we could create a piece that folds for a studier base.
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The side tab now folds for a horizontal/flat piece. As seen here. 
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The side on the very left didn’t have a structural support. This time we isolated it (like we did with the bottom piece shown above), by isolating it we were able to create a vertical support so to increase the success rate of our model actually standing. 
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Here you can see the vertical piece we added in. The vertical piece will continue from the horizontal shelf, so it’s actually a fold on the horizontal piece that creates the folded vertical piece now.



Week 9: Reading + Project 2 Sketches

I managed to get through “In the Library of Form” but haven’t finished “The Blind Watchmaker” – these readings are super interesting and helped me further understand the breadth of Parametrics as an idea. Highly recommend reading!


I used this week to better understand how each piece will have to interact with others in order to create a stable structure. Here we see that each module will have to be able to connect to 4 other pieces: top, left, right, bottom. This iteration does NOT fulfill the 25% opacity in one direction and 75% in the other. This sketch was made in rhino, not grasshopper.

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Week 1-5

Hi! Forgot to post the last couple of weeks so here’s it compiled”

WEEK 1 + 2 – Research




Idea: create a series of vases that adapts one module (a tube) depending on # of flower stems and size of flower stem.



Playing with shape of tubes, size of tubes, height of tubes, distance of tubes.




Need to figure out how to mesh tubes together, and maybe a Boolean (?) to stop # of tubes from growing when the tubes have touched each other.