Entropia and the Holy Ghost by Future factories

Loosely related to the previous post on Automake is the conceptual design practice of Lionel T Dean at Future Factories. Continuing the generative theme of organic growth with a design that’s in a constant state of evolution. In Holy Ghost (a reinvention Starck’s Louis Ghost, itself a reinvention of a Louis XV armchair) the back and arms of the chair design have been morphed to create an evolving object realizing ‘mass individualization’. The chair is presented as an animation sequence, which Dean has frozen and used to create two ‘hard copies’ of the design using Rapid Prototyping technology.
Holy Ghost
The Entropia is a lighting design now available for purchase that uses growth, decay and mutation algorithms to produce a lamp in laser-sintered nylon built in 1200 layers and a Chrome-plated metal fixture.

Initially what started as a 1 year research project during a design residency at the University of Huddersfield, Dean continued the work into a practice based PhD thesis. Now working on experimental, one off, serialized and commercial products, Future Factories is the banner under which Dean flies the digitally printed, meta-design based realization of ‘mass personalization’.

3 Responses to “Entropia and the Holy Ghost by Future factories”

  1. John Marshall Says:

    ‘Holy Ghost’ was a commission for the ‘Perimeters, Boundaries and Borders’ exhibition in 2006. The catalog is available as a free download here: http://stores.lulu.com/rootoftwo images and transcripts of the symposium are here: http://perimeters.weebly.com/index.html


  2. Ponoko Blog Says:

    […] The Pollen Pendant is hanging lamp that is designed to be totally unique. By wrapping and weaving the material of choice around this pollen shaped structure, the user is able to provide their own personal touch to this modern design, a simple and effective realization of mass customisation, or possibly more correctly ‘mass individualization‘ as per Lionel Dean of Future Factories. The ability to control the color, texture and material of this lamp makes this piece ideal for the truly creative. The piece shown above was created using white acrylic yarn. […]

  3. Ponoko Blog Says:

    […] Also check out the Generative Fabrication component of the event featuring MyLight.MGX, Complex Form in Timber and Holy Ghost which was previously mentioned on the Ponoko blog. […]

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