Our idea was to create a piece of furniture that defines personal space. We decided that a multiple paneled design would proide different types of seating with some sort of shelter or privacy component. We hoped that this design would offer a more versatile seating option for any environment that could be customized as necessary.
We modeled our project off of the Jacob's Ladder toy. This toy conssits of multiple wooden panels with ribbon woven between them. The ribbon allows the panels to flip both ways without breaking the hinge. We appreciated the versatility of an object that can transform into different shapes.
After making a Jacob's Ladder toy, we realized that the flipping mechanism that we were basing our idea off of was better suited for a screen rather than a piece of furniture. From here, we focused on testing materials that would support the weight of a screen that would, in it's actual height, reach over six feet and flip back and forth.
The first flipping mechanism that we tried consisted of rubber bands that stretched across many panels. Unfortunately, rubber bands did not work because they were not strong enough and snapped easily. Next we tried plastic strips which is what we used in our final prototype.
On one of our prototypes, we explored the idea of having a design on the screen that would be aesthetically pleasing, allow light to pass through, and allow for different combinations of the screen panels. This pattern does not appear on our final version, but we invision the screen having a unique design if we were to produce this product commercially. It would also make the screen lighter and, therefore, easier to maneuver.
Our final prototype consists of three panels, spray painted black, that flip like the Jacob's Ladder. As more panels that are added, more configurations are possible. If we were to produce this item on a full scale, we would not be able to use plastic strips as seen in our final prototype. We created a 3D model of our screen at its actual size in Rhino. This screen uses metal hinges rather than plastic ones, which are much stronger.