liam hopkins: pupa cardboard habitat for bloomberg liam hopkins: pupa cardboard habitat for bloomberg
nov 09, 2011

liam hopkins: pupa cardboard habitat for bloomberg

‘pupa’ by liam hopkins for bloomberg  all images courtesy of liam hopkins 

 

manchester-born liam hopkins of lazerian design studio has developed ‘pupa’, a habitat inside bloomberg’s london office.
the project is part of ‘waste not, want it‘, a series of commissions by design agency arts co for pieces of work made
almost entirely out of bloomberg waste. hopkins was one of seven creatives asked to use materials found in
a storage warehouse and redevelop them into installations.
 
the inhabitable sculpture is fashioned out of 3,972 cardboard boarders to make up the frame, while just as many triangles
are used for the exoskeleton. to get the desired form, the shape was computer generated, then extracted
from the virtual model to make flat parts. the end structure is glued together entirely by hand.
the chairs are made from 180 wooden pallets which were taken part and reassembled. the seats are leather offcuts tied
around the frames. the organic silhouette creates an atmosphere that is reminiscent of shelters such as caves and beehives,
but also references the vaulted ceilings of church naves. 

exterior view 

custom chairs made from wooden pallets and leather offcuts 

interior view 

hand-made custom triangular formations make up the structure 

tiles on table mimic the triangular formations above 

the column dips down from above, keeping the form unified 

view from above 

outside texture 

detail of cardboard pieces

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