Avant-Garde Collection — Minimal Surface Architecte Soap Pedestal

Inspiration

Upon researching the relationship between soap and its bubbling derivatives, we were fascinated by the minimal-surface mathematical phenomenon found in soap bubbles. The soap film assumes the least amount of surface area between structures, resulting in a zero mean curvature. Correspondingly, the design was also inspired by the experiments and architectural work of Frei Otto. Formally, the fragile soap film stretches between two rectangles while embracing the soap, creating a powerful visual dynamic. While lifting the soap from the tray, a series of cavities reveals itself, reminiscent of a smaller network of bubbles connecting the two forms.

Design Process

We created a physically accurate computational model of the minimal surface between the two outer forms. The juxtaposition of the fragile and iridescent nature of the soap film against ultra-durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel or titanium with a matte sheen is functional and esthetically pleasing. Further, a form-fitting cavity is modeled onto the soap film's surface, embracing the soap sculpture while adding structural interest.

Manufacturing

Fabricated using advanced aerospace-grade Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) 3D printing, this Haute-design state-of-the-art statement artifact elevates the Architecte soap sculpture physically and figuratively.


Designed by Studio Schematics

Made in France


$1,400

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