In this summer’s Hardcourse workshop !You are sitting on my code! students explored shared chairs, CNC and robot Braille, and now you can explore the results exhibited in the library.
We experience objects, surfaces and spaces depending on our ability to process visual and tactile information. Whereas a sighted person takes in the whole and details in parallel, a partially sighted or blind person feels details first and then assembles information piece by piece and section by section. The workshop aimed at developing an inclusive design for multi-functional furniture that carries narratives in the form of images and text (Braille), such as a stool/side-table hybrid.
The goal was to create a shared object for communities so that places we use become accessible and users with different abilities are comfortable, inspired and ‘feel’ a place that belongs to them.
In the workshop, differences between varying degrees of perception relative to images or engravings for touch was explored and combined into tactile and visual narratives. 1:1 furniture prototypes were designed and fabricated in timber through CNC milling, with precise joints shared in a Rhino archive. Afterwards patterns, images and Braille text were embedded into the objects with robotic milling, based on a shared GH script archive that translates pixels as robotic tool angle, depth and gradients of shades to express darker and lighter areas in images.
Workshop organisers: Dagmar Reinhardt, Povl Sonne-Frederiksen, Mathias Ørum Nørgaard, Max Buthke, Thorlak Solberg.
NB: We ask that you do not sit on the chairs. Instead, we invite you to touch the chairs and leave your feedback.