Research project for bionic design class with Prof. Carmela Cucuzzella
The Pomegranate Lamp is a bionics project based on the aesthetic and narrative qualities of the fruit of the same name. The shape was arrived at through the exploration of a paper folding technique I stumbled upon while trying to translate the pomegranate’s structural potential.
Just like the cushiony membrane inside the pomegranate that keeps the arils from exploding, so do the folds in the paper give it a structural strength that was literally inexistent in its original state. This folding technique is made of parallel lines on one side of the paper and diagonal squares on the other, which together look like a pattern of squares diagonally divided into triangles. The concept evolved from the idea that when the paper would be folded on the side of the parallel lines, (thus creating the shape of a prism) it would be as if the pomegranate is closed, with the seeds inside, and when it would be folded on the side of the squares, (thus creating the characteristic, multi-faced shape) the pomegranate would be open and the arils spread out.