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  • Fishing line

    Posted on April 4th, 2013 Ge No comments

    For my linear, planar and sold structure, I am considering fishing lines as one of my material choice. So i started researching about fishing line in design. The most “famous” use is the fishline chair by Nendo in Japan.



    The reason they started this project is to explore a new way to polish and finish wood product. The fish lines are dyed before use so that they can also give chairs different colors without losing the nature wood grain. “just a hint of color  – I try to keep color selection real simple.” said Oki Sato. Tithing the fishlines around the chair gives it a varnish-like shine.



    The picture above is when the chars were displayed in Belgium. Because of the qualities fishlines have themselves, they have an interesting play with light too.

    I couldn’t really find other design using fishing lines. Most times, designers choose fish line because its transparent. However, there is more to it. In the example in the picture, fish line played a big role. If there isn’t the special surface and light-playing quality that fishing line provided. The chairs wouldn’t be as special.

    Anyway, I am not so sure if fish line is the right material for me but it definitely worth exploring.

    dip fishline05

  • Against the grain: Wood in Contemporary art, craft ad design.

    Posted on April 3rd, 2013 Ge No comments

    Against the grain is the exhibit put together by Museum of art and design. It mostly presents contemporary methods of word working and the new relationships between function and form that are discovered by 57 different artists and designers. There are total of 90 pieces.

    The following image is a “bird nest” created by Nina Bruun. She used curled strips to “mimick the organized chaos of a bird’s home in her Nest chair”. The curves are fluid and flow into each other. Also this is an example of linear, planar and solid (maybe?)









    Here is a link to a slide show about the exhibition:

  • How to use/follow the prompt.

    Posted on April 1st, 2013 Ge No comments

    Ever since the first year competition, I have been realizing that any good design has combination of many design principles. For example, the prompt for the competition was using three materials, to make a structure that address interior and exterior, structure and non-structure and material connections. Most of people try to figure of a way to use all three materials and fit all the requirements in. However looking at the final 17 designs, it occur to me that a successful design doesn’t have to try to fulfill the requirements. Those three relate to each other. Since there are three different materials, material connection is definitely part of the project. As a structure, there is always structural and non-structural parts and they are shown by having both interior and exterior parts. That was just a break down explanation of why they relate to each other but more often, the design itself should be able to present these ideas without viewers try to find each parts. It should be a fluid combination instead of three ideas stuffed into one object.

    For this new project, our prompt was building a linear, planar and solid structure that capture natural light. I will try my best to build structure that “naturally” combine these three requirements.

  • Capture natural light in Photograph

    Posted on March 31st, 2013 Ge No comments

    As I was doing research on capture natural lights, one website popped out and it is about how to use/capture natural light in photograph. It is a very helpful site. Even though a lot of information is very basic and common knowledge in a way, it still helps me to read them all in a “collection”.

    Even though all the lights shinning on one object comes from the same light sources, there are three different components: direct lights, diffuse light and bounced light.



    direct light: HIgh contrast    diffuse skylight: low contrast   bounced light: reflected areas

    Different time of the time, the amount of each components change accordingly. 

    Time of Day Contrast Colors Direction of Sun
    1. Midday Highest Neutral White Near Vertical
    2. Evening & Morning High Slightly Warm Mid to Low
    3. Golden Hour & Sunrise/Sunset Medium Warm to Fiery Near Horizontal
    4. Twilight, Dawn & Dusk Low Cool Pastel Below Horizon

    Different time of the day capture different quality objects presents. However, sunset and sunrise are called the golden hours. During sunrise and sunset, the lighting gives the object a nice warm glow and long shadow. As appealing as taking pictures during sunrise and sunset sounds, there is also a challenge come with it. “Sunsets and sunrises are often spectacularly vibrant in person, but this isn’t always translated well into an image. Make sure that your camera’s auto white balance doesn’t counteract an otherwise warm-looking scene, or that the color saturation isn’t overly conservative to minimize the risk of color clipping. Ironically, when the lighting is most dramatic is also when your camera is most likely to make an error with its exposure; try to take several photos, or use partial or spot metering just in case.”

    There is a lot more useful information on this website ! it helps me to understand nature light better and to visit the site click here !!

  • Frank Lloyd Wright

    Posted on March 28th, 2013 Ge No comments

    What is architecture anyway? Is it the vast collection of the various buildings which have been built to please the varying tastes of the various lords of mankind? I think not. No, I know that architecture is life; or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived…So, architecture I know to be a Great Spirit. 

    — Frank Lloyd Wright

     Frank Lloyd Wright is without a doubt, one of the most influential architect.  He was not only an American architect, interior designer, and also an educator. He designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works. His organic architecture has a big impact on architects. He believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment. One of his famous building which reflect his philosophy is the Falling water.


    Falling water was built in 1935. It is in a rural area in Pennsylvania. It is one of the historical landmarks of America and one of the “29 places you must go before you die.” The combination of building and nature is perfectly in a balance. It is a masterpiece in architecture history.

  • Lloyds Building, London

    Posted on March 27th, 2013 Ge No comments





    This is another iconic building in London. It is called the Lloyds building and also as known as the inside out building. The style is so futuristic. It is, without a doubt, one of the most recognizable landmark in London. What’s different about this building is the fact that the waters pipes, stairwells are all on the outside of the building. Richard Rogers is the architect behind this amazing building. He is born in Florence, Italy. He is well noted for his moderist and futuristic style. The picture below is another one of his famous  building. It is a complex in paris. It is named Centre Georges Pompidou after the french president from 1969 to 1974. Initially, all the functional structures are all color coded. For example, green pipes are plumbing and electricity are wired in yellow. However, right now, most everything is painted white.

  • Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

    Posted on March 27th, 2013 Ge No comments



    This twin towers are the tallest building between 1998 to 2004.  These towers are designed by architect  Cesar Pelli and Achmad Murdijat, engineer Deejay Cerico and designer Dominic Saibo under the consultancy of JC Guinto. It is located in Malaysia, is an iconic building in the city.  The very distinctive post modern style makes it unique and eye catching.

    The leading architect, Cesar Pelli, is an argentina american architect. He has been famous for designing some world tall buildings and important city landmarks.

  • St Paul’s Cathedraal

    Posted on March 26th, 2013 Ge No comments

    The building in the picture is St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Today, this building is “a domineering element in the city’s skyline.” Many tourists go to London to visit the Cathedral. At the same time, it is an important religious building. The most impressive fact about this building is the fact that it took a decade to be designed and 40 years to be actually constructed. With al the beautiful details that are presented in the building, it was clearly well designed and well prosecuted. Sir Christopher Wren, the architect behind this building, started his architecture career from learning physics and engineering. His deep understanding of physical structures make him a better architect.


  • E-Portfolio

    Posted on December 14th, 2012 Ge No comments

    Here’s link to the e-portfolio page.

  • book

    Posted on December 14th, 2012 Ge No comments

    This is the final products of my book projects.

    This is another closing state the book can be. It’s similar to traditional book form but the flexibility of the triangles adds interest to the form.

    There are many ways to display the book due to the flexibility of the joints.

    This is one of the closing state the book can be. This book can be on a coffee table as a sculpture/ decoration.

    This is from the top of the book where four side join. The text was screen printed on. Because the contend is not essential for this project, I used two different color on top of each other to create an illusion.