suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
daniel WELHAM & mark NICOL: Fourfoursixsix were invited to participate as one of the artists for the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt which runs throughout London from 21st February 2012. The city will become home to 200 giant and uniquely crafted Easter eggs for an event that is a first of its kind, aiming to raise vital funds for charities Action for Children and Elephant Family, inviting tourists, locals and visitors to join in a truly magical experience.
As an architecture practice, we felt it would be both topical and interesting to apply a set of architectural principles to the overall geometric form of the egg. Through this process we played with structure, light and shadow and began to develop a three dimensional architectural terrain.
Conceptually, the design works around a rational grid of components that have been configured to react to both light and scale over the surface of the egg. Each component was designed to incorporate an aperture which could adapt to these changing surface conditions, thus altering the patternation of the egg.
Working with EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems and Ogle Models, exquisite cutting edge Model Makers, has enabled the construction of a piece that is at the forefront of three dimensional printing technology. The end result is a delicate, intricate and complex piece that intrinsically connects back to the original Fabergé brand concept. In some ways, our design brings this concept into the modern era on a larger physical scale; a piece of 21st Century digital opulence.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
daniel WELHAM & mark NICOL: The design was motivated by a desire to push digital design tools and methods of digital fabrication in order to create an object that would make the public question its construction and materiality. We sought to demonstrate how these emerging tools can empower designers to challenge traditional conceptions of craft and in doing so reinstall form making with the delicacy and fragility that makes objects like these so alluring.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dW: ‘The Final Testament’ by James Frey. SBTRKT, M83, Portico Quartet and Trentemøller.
mN: I’ve been reading Manuel DeLanda’s new book on Philosophy and Simulation – SBTRKT, Memory Tapes, Com Truise were the soundtrack to this design – my breaks from modeling typically involved episodes of The Walking Dead
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
dW: Amanda Levete, NORD, Herzog & de Meuron, Snøhetta
mN: Biothing, Kokkugia, Francois Roche, Lars Spuybroek, Steven Ma, Philip Beesley, Don Ingber & the Wyss Institute
This project could not have been realized without the generous support and contributions by the following groups:
Material Sponsor: EOS
Construction Sponsor: Ogle Models