Workshops @ The Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens

The Paper Playscapes team met again in Athens on December 14th & 18th to run two workshops at the Onassis Cultural Centre (Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών). We invited more than 40 young people within two days to build two responsive paper Christmas trees, which they dismantled right after as they were eager bring their interactive modules at home! Despite Gabriella’s unsuccessful attempts to speak greek (!) the workshops were successful thanks to teamwork and the assistance by Dimitra and Apostolis. We look forward to repeat this experience, maybe in Italy next time?

DSC_0274 DSC_0285  DSC_0294 DSC_0303DSC_0325 DSC_0340DSC_0364 DSC_0390DSC_0396_small DSC_0403_SMALL DSC_0326

Paper Playscapes at Make:Shift:Do!

10311762_851702094850228_4527687644313890009_n

For those of you who missed it during the Elephant&Castle Mini Maker Faire, Paper Playscapes will be again on show this Saturday, 22nd November, at the V&A for a day of events, which are part of the UK-wide Crafts Council Make:Shift:Do programme. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/makeshiftdo/. MAKE:SHIFT:DO is a Craft Council event in collaboration with the V&A Digital Programmes, along with the RSA and Institute of Making/UCL.

A week at the LCC!

Being able to assemble Paper Playscapes at the 3d Workshop was a great opportunity, and we’d like to thank the staff – Dil, Roman and Gregor – for their precious help!

It was also nice to chat with the students browsing around, asking with curiosity what was going on, it felt like going back to uni!

DSC_0112 DSC_0122
DSC_0129 DSC_0132
DSC_0137 DSC_0165
DSC_0187 DSC_0167
module-finished  stools-colours

Making of – the seating

From paper to wood: a journey into the making of the prototype for the seatings destined for the game LumiChairs.

seatingpaperprototypeThe game uses the same principle of the Music Chairs, where people need to find a free seating at the end of each round. LumiChairs use six stools as seatings which form a hexagonal space for the Paper Playscapes installation. Since the primary module for the installation is the truncated tetrahedron, to match the installation, the stools need to take the shape of a conglomeration of the same modules. Thus, each stool consists of four truncated tetrahedra.

They are carved out of wood unlike the rest of the installation paper modules because we wanted the stools to host the par can lights and accommodate players sitting on them. We also wanted a foldable material that works on the same principle as the foldable paper modules. So after some2014-10-14 19.37.12 research we discovered this new Milan-based company, Wood-skin  that realises amazing foldable designs out of cnc’d wood!

After sending out her drawings to Woodskin, Gabriella was still eager to put her hands on the prototype, so with the help of Michele, a friend and cabinet maker, and his workshop, they were able to get a similar result.

 

IMG_20141016_183016IMG_20141016_183002IMG_20141016_181732

IMG_20141021_101422

At Wood-Skin in Milan, checking the CNC prototype before the actual production.

After visiting Woodskin in Milan, we are now waiting for the final six stools, while testing lights and the game with the first prototype!

For the latter, we would like to thank Michele Scarcia and Redan by Cuscito for their precious help. Without it we wouldn’t have been able to move on with the overall design of Paper Playscapes!

IMG_20141021_102318 IMG_20141021_102850 IMG_20141021_102910