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Functional Ornaments

This project introduces a novel methodology for producing three-dimensional decorative patterns that enrich sensory qualities of built spaces.


Marcin Koltunski

Although three-dimensional ornamentation has become increasingly popular, it is hard to find a type that is distinctive, modest, and feasibly produced and applied. The patterns in this project exhibit certain advantageous geometric characteristics as a result of their algorithmic origin: they are devoid of self-overlapping parts; their surface is always smoothly curved and perfectly continuous; their repetition is seamless and does not produce any residual artefacts or tiling mistakes. These features make the ornaments perfectly feasible for production with established manufacturing techniques. Furthermore, only a single typical module is required to reconstruct any of these patterns, which makes their application extremely efficient and flexible. 

The design process uses a number of sophisticated methodologies to achieve a clean and viable outcome. All the patterns are first conceptualised mathematically and prototyped using a computer algebra system to build intricate and subtle geometries that would be impossible to construct manually even using advanced 3D modelling tools and techniques. 

These mathematically generated patterns respond to the inherent human need of staying connected with the sensory input characteristics embedded in the natural environment. At the same time, their variable geometry effectively disperses reflecting sounds, thus raising the acoustic comfort of interiors. The perception of space is also extended by intensely stimulating the sense of touch.


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