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Shizuku by SOFTlab

Drapery (2009) by Daniel Widrig

Polystyrene, CNC machined
1.80m x 0.90m x 0.10m
Private commission

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For our latest project at MOCA [Feathered Edge], which uses string, we developed a machine that enables us to paint the string in very specific locations. It’s really the only way we were going to be able to do it, and it allowed us to introduce on top of the geometry of the strings, this other spatial component: color. You can take a computer model of a classical nude and put it in there, to hang in this array of strings.

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To that end, we have developed a striated wood-slatted system that conceals the view of the mechanical, plumbing, and lighting systems on the longitudinal axis, while offering a virtual canopy under which to dine. The geometry of the wood slats conform to each equipment above, but are also radiused in order to smoothen the relationship between other adjoining equipment, creating a seamless landscape. The columns and the wine storage, in the middle of the hall, serve to uphold the fiction, and appear to be suspended from the ceiling. if the longitudinal axis emphasizes the seamless surface, then lateral views offer striated glimpses into the service space above, and demystify the illusion. To underline this strategy, certain areas of the ceiling “drip” and “slump”, acknowledging the location of to place exit signs, lighting features, and other details.


Seats limited edition, designed by architect Maya master Daniel Widrig, constructed of laminated sheets of plywood through 5-axis CNC router. Digital simulation prototyped through digital dynamics. “Realization of this design proves that the human imagination and skills have no limits.”

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