Hydro-Fold belongs to Christophe Guberan, a 3rd year student of the Bachelor in Industrial Design at ECAL/ University of art and design Lausanne . The project is basically a technique of creating folded forms by using, a printer, water and paper. The patterns are created in the computer and printed on a special paper. Due to the effects of ink and water the paper starts to fold along the printed lines. As simple as it looks, the project is highly innovative and I believe it offers a big potential specially in the field of industrial design. Make sure you check out a video of the process here.
I believe material is a key element in design; it is the essential mean of presenting the object. I was overwhelmed with the juxtaposition of materials in the design of the stool called “Stitching Concrete” by an industrial design graduate called Florian Schmid (http://www.florian-schmid.com/). This project offers a revolutionary idea which takes the flexibility of concrete into a new level; the ability to stich it!! The truth is we must eventually develop new techniques of construction and this project is a perfect example of the “right direction”. I definitely think the technique offers infinite potential in form making not only in industrial design but also architecture. This is the future!!!
“These stools are made by folding fabric that’s impregnated with cement then drenching it in water. It consists of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing. Once soaked it can be manipulated for a few hours before hardening. A wooden mould supports it while drying within 24 hours.”