suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
caterina TIAZZOLDI + eduardo benamor DUARTE: Onion Pinch is a cork installation originally conceived in occasion of the Digital Primitive Event proposed as a parallel event of the Lisbon Biennial Experimenta Design.
“They are Digital, because they are the first generation of New York designers and architects formed in a context characterized by digital modeling techniques and CNC fabrication They are Primitive because they have to respond to the limitations deriving from a city like New York.”
Shape transformations occur by displacing a bolt on the z axis. It is possible in this way define different paths inside the installation.
When installed in the subway the onion installation immediately became an urban toy. People slowed down from their everyday rhythm and looked at the installation, touched it, pushed it and tested the different reactions of the onion to body pressure.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
cT + ebD: Cork properties and performances. We exploited cork flexibility. The shape has being obtained by literally pinching a cork stripe which lead us to a set of profiles as onion rings.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
cT + ebD: Drinking a beer at the Old Town Bar, E 18th street and playing with napkins
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
cT + ebD: Digital Primitve!
Onion Pinch featured the work of : Associated Fabrication; AUM STUDIO/Ed Keller – Carla Leitao ; Mark Bearak; Benamor Duarte Architecture ; Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation Columbia University ; Labdora/Peter Macapia ; Lucio Santos ; Nuova Ordentra/Caterina Tiazzoldi, Supermanoeuvre/Dave Pigram- Iain Maxwell ; Tietz-Baccon/Erik Tietz – Andrew Baccon; Theverymany/Marc Fornes ; Z-A studio/Guy Zucker.
Design team: T. Branquinho, L. Croce, M. Fassino, M. Pianosi, K. Seaman
Photos: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Fabrication: Amorim Cork Composites
With support of Politecnico di Torino.