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Jacob's Ladder Wall

Personal Space | Projects

  • We started with the idea of creating a piece of furnature that can flip like the Jacob's Ladder toy. We hoped that this would provide versatile seating for any environment.

    Upon making a Jacob's Ladder toy, we realized that the flipping mechanism was better suited for a screen rather than a piece of furnature. From here, we focused on testing materials that would support the weight and size of a screen which must be 6 or 8 feet tall to complete its function.

    The first flipping mechanism that we tried was rubber bands because we thought it would allow for more range of motion. Unfortunately, rubber bands did not work. Next we tried plastic strips which was an improvement, but not perfect even though it is what we used in our final model.

    At first, we liked the idea of having a design on the screen that would be aesthetically pleasing and allow for different combinations of the screen panels. Saeed did not like our deisign and suggested that we focus on the mechanics instead of the appearance.

    Our final prototype consists of three panels, spray painted black, that flip like the Jacob's Ladder. This allows for multiple configerations which can be implemented anywhere from the office to airport space. We love the way it turned out and even created a model of it in Rhino that is full scale and includes hinges instead of plastic strips.

  • Jacob's Ladder Wall, a tri-folding wooden screen, helps to define personal space. It consists of wooden panels hinged together with firm plastic strips screwed into the wood. It flips back and forth by springing from one side to the next. The plastic strips wrap around both sides of the wooden panels to allow more versatile movement.

    The screen allows for different configurations that can be used for different settings. As more panels are added, more configurations are possible. A few examples of where this screen can be used are in office buildings, airports, spas, salons, or any public places where privacy is desirable.

  • 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.