Smooth Foldings

The initial idea behind this research study was to explore new design ideas by combining old craft techniques with parametric design tools.

Smooth Foldings looks then into the surface manipulation of a simple industrial reinforcement fabric and results in intricate shapes created with the simple use of needle and thread.

To script the complex surface patterns, the sewing technique was analyzed by its base parameters. Once these parameters are programmed to a parametric design tool, its possible to create far more complex patterns then one would be able to achieve by hand.

Besides the visual properties for all kinds of surface designs for interior architecture, foldings like these could bring potential toperformative facade designs.

Status: Completed
Type: Research study
Topic: Envelope/Surface Design
Size: 1 x 2 m
Material: Plastic reinforcement fabric

Regular Pattern

Regular Pattern

Irregular Pattern

Irregular Pattern


Irregular Pattern 1


Irregular Pattern 2


Parametric system