Chinese designer Zhoujie Zhang has created a series of mirrors, using the results of computer algorithms based on the natural movements of water. Mashing Mesh is part of the Shanghai-based designer’s ongoing research into parametric design, which puts algorithms or rules at the centre of the design process. The series consists of five wall mirrors. Each one aims to mimic the unpredictable flow and transition of water in the style of a triangular mesh, which is a type of modelling used in computer graphics.
Zhang began working with MeshSmooth – a specific command used in three-dimensional modelling software 3DS Max – in 2003, and eventually began applying the technique to furniture design. The surfaces of the wall installations are made up of interlocking stainless-steel pieces, which are bent and polished by hand. Zhang’s Mashing Mesh series was on show at the Collective Design fair that took place from 4 to 8 May 2016.
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