Machine Inspired Art

The following are projects completed during my time while working with Machine Inspired Art under the direction of Behn Samareh Ph.D. and Jamilah Haygood, architect.

Kerplunk

Commissioned by an interior designer as part of an adult game room with the idea of including adult sized kids games, Machine Inspired Art was  tasked with designing and fabricating Kerplunk for adults. The design for the Kerplunk consists of a 4’x8’ sheet of perforated aluminum wrapped into a cylinder to create the fuselage for the balls. The sculptural structural supports will be made of CNC milled plywood that include notched to hold the aluminum cylinder without the use of fasteners. A round base with indented sections act as collectors for the balls when they fall.

 

The design idea was completed by Solomon Interior Design. Design detailing completed by Behn Samareh and Jimmy Darling. 3D modeling and renderings completed by Jimmy Darling. Fabrication will be completed by Behn Samareh.

Triangulated Desk

Commissioned by an interior designer for an office space, this desk and column are the focal point of the reception area, allowing for design opportunity to arise. The interior designer sent inspirational imagery for the way he wanted the piece to look and left the details for Machine Inspired Art. The following renderings were completed by me after I modeled the triangulated surfaces in Rhino. The model will be used to CNC surface mill plywood panels varying in depth between 0.5 and 4 inches. Once milled, the panels will be applied via adhesives to the desk and column on site. 

 

The design idea was completed by Solomon Interior Design. Design detailing completed by Behn Samareh and Jimmy Darling. 3D modeling and renderings completed by Jimmy Darling. Fabrication and installation will be completed by Behn Samareh.

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Tiled Pattern

Commissioned by an interior designer for an office space with the idea of repeating a single tile to create a varying pattern across a wall. I was given the task of developing various pattern designs to propose to the interior designer. This project involved prototyping with the CNC mill with different router bits, varying depths, and changing patterns. Once the design of the tile is complete, there will be a large quantity of the tiles fabricated to be installed on site.

 

The design idea was completed by Solomon Interior Design. Design detailing completed by Behn Samareh and Jimmy Darling. 3D modeling completed by Jimmy Darling. Fabrication and installation will be completed by Behn Samareh.

 

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Holy Family Playground

While working at Machine Inspired Art, an ongoing project within the studio involved fabricating concrete tiles with donor names to be embedded in a new playground at a local, private elementary school. When I arrived, much of the design was already complete and the project was well into the production stage. I worked directly with Dr. Behn Samareh to assist him in the mold making process. His process involved CNC Milling the desired design into high-density foam, casting a silicone mold, and then pouring colored Hydrocal, a gypsum based cement, into the silicone mold, resulting in a decorative concrete tile to be embedded in the cast concrete on site by a mason.

San Manuel Lights

Commissioned by an interior design team for San Manuel Casino, Machine Inspired Art was tasked with designing and fabricating two 40’x20’ light fixtures to be hung over blackjack and roulette tables. I began working on the project when it was transitioning from the design development phase into fabrication, beginning with the production of shop drawings submitted to the contractors, consultants, and third party fabricators. The shop drawings consisted of detailing the aluminum frame, locations of hang points, and locations of specialty lighting and security cameras required by the casino along with locations of sprinklers in conjunction with California building codes. Following the shop drawings, I began working extensively with the team at Machine Inspired Art to prepare for the fixtures to be CNC milled. Once the files were ready for milling, I took the lead in running the CNC mill for five continuous days to ensure the project would not fall behind schedule. After the milling was complete, I worked with the team to paint and prepare everything to be delivered on site. Unfortunately, because my time in Los Angeles came to an end, I was unable to partake in the installation process.

 

The design idea was completed by Wimberly Interiors. Design detailing completed by Behn Samareh and Peter Won. Renderings and shop drawings completed by Jimmy Darling. Fabrication completed by Behn Samareh, Peter Won, and Jimmy Darling.

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