To help me visualize some of my favorite ideas I decided to do some 3D modelling on Sketchup 8. At this stage we are just starting to learn Rhino 5 but I hope in the future I will be able to use Rhino t do my virtual 3D modelling , but for now I only need simple models and Sketchup is great for that.
The models that I have done are of the table, the speakers and the light. I have done quite a few designs for the table because I was unsure about the shape of the base that holds up the table top. I knew that I wanted to base it on the shape of a triangle, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted the 3D shape to be a pyramid or a cone or a simple extruded triangle with two square sides.
The first image is of the light design. I have chosen this as the first image because it where a lot of my other ideas have stemmed off; the basic shape of a cone with a slightly tapered bottom. I find the shape very satisfying; inspired by the copper light found on the website Clippings.com. Below I have split the shape up in various segments and rendered them in different materials. This is just one possible option of how I would make this light. Other options would be to make it out of a single material but each segment has a different finish on it it a different number of layers of finish, and see if this effects how the light filtered through.
Below is my speaker design. Here I have rendered the image to give a wood effect because I like the effect but the chosen material is yet to be decided. However the shape is based around the cone shape of the light. The sub (bottom speaker) slots into a concrete stand at an angle that looks like its balancing. Then the top speaker also looks like its balancing on top of the larger speaker. It is actually connected by a single metal pole. I like objects that give the illusion that it is in a state of balance. I really like the form and aesthetic of this design but I would need to work on the structural integrity of this design, before it is actually practical.
Below are my table designs. My favourite one is the the idea directly below. It sis a simple shape, one again inspire by the light shape, with the cone like shape with a 45 degree angle at the bottom. However rather than a cone this is more of a four sided triangle shape. Here I have rendered the base in a stone texture holding up a wooden table top. I like the contrast of the wood and stone. For the bottom two I took the lamp design an just use them for the table base. I didn’t really like the table with two base supports either end, but I quite like the round table design,I could see it with a light above it that mirrored the shape of the base. I now need to think abut the shape of the chairs that go with the table.