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email : meacci.ale@gmail.com  ;  phone : 0039 3404983510

alessandra meacci  architetto | interior designer | designer          sede : via ghislandi 16/a, abano  terme,  padova            p . i v a   04269740280  

dharma

modular hexagonal cells & ecodesign

bookshelf

Dharma is a bookshelf with “green” heart. Designed to divide spaces, it is thought to grow climbers among modules: the end user can customize it, choosing plants and taking care of them, making the design object something alive in the environment in which it is located, that lives of the changes of the light and of seasons. Hanging to a wireframe structure there are hexagonal modules, in wood and iron rod; their shape was inspired by the geometry of hives to recall a recurring form in nature, strengthening the "organic" feature of the project. Dharma was exhibited in Salone del Mobile 2015.

 

Dharma is a bookcase to divide openspaces. Hanging to a wireframe structure there are hexagonal modules, in different colors and materials, assembled to create a customized composition, and a sucession of empty and full spaces.This is also a project with a "green" vocation , thought to grow the climbing plants  among the modules and create a "soft" division, letting the light pass through the spaces.

 

The concept is to investigate the opportunities of modularity:I use a basic element in different materials,trying  to combine the advantages of standardized production to the versatility and customization of the assembly.I Chose the hexagonal cell as basic module:I was inspired by the geometry of the hive and, more generally, I was looking for a recurring form in nature. I wanted to give a "organic" feature to the projects, because I think that the object of design is something alive in the environment in which it is located, and  lives of the changes of the light and the way it interacts with the people using it.

 

Dharma is a bookshelf with “green” heart: the essential feature on the project is to give the opportunity to the end user to customize the bookcase by growing climbing plants on its structure, among the wood modules. Dharma is a object “alive” : you can shape it day by day, by choosing the type of plants, how to make them climb the iron rod structure, taking care about them.

For this project I made a research about the shape, to find a three-dimensional module that will recall a recurring form in nature, strengthening the idea that the design object is something alive by giving it an "organic" feature .

The module has to be a standing alone shape , but also easy to join with others, to create composition in the space.; it has to be realized with different technologies and materials , in wood and iron rod ; and, most of all, It has to be useful to storage books .

To develop the shape I needed for my modules, with specific formal characteristic, but also easy to reproduce, I worked with two artisans, a blacksmith and a woodworker.

Finally, I had to create some accessories to make compatible the use of a beehive cell shape,  without an horizontal support plane , with the function of storage.

 

Dharma is a bookshelf with “green” heart. Designed to divide spaces, it is thought to grow climbers among modules: the end user can customize it, choosing plants and taking care of them, making the design object something alive in the environment in which it is located, that lives of the changes of the light and of seasons. Hanging to a wireframe structure there are hexagonal modules, in wood and iron rod; their shape was inspired by the geometry of hives to recall a recurring form in nature, strengthening the "organic" feature of the project.

Dharma was exhibited in Salone del Mobile 2015.

Recently Dharma won the important international  A'Design Award & Competition 2016 in "A' Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award".

The use of hexagonal modules came out from the research to identify basic elements for replication in different furnishing solutions trying to combine the advantages of standardized production with the versatility of assemblies or customization of the assembly when the item arrives in the home or in the office ( see the production CLOUDYDAY).

 

libreria a giorno con un piano in ulivo naturale, spazzolato, con moduli esagonali in legno e una struttura in tondino metallico. La struttura diventa un sostegno per la crescita di piante rampicanti, che si diramano tra i moduli che contengono i libri, per creare un giardino verticale interno.
Ecodesign : climbing plants grow on the bookshelf . Project by Alessandra Meacci