HELIX is an innovative method to use and at the same time furnish the space, designed by Open Source Workshop and produced by AMR. The structure developed are modular, and the various modules, which may differ in shape, color, size and orientation, are created by a 5-axis robot which can sculpt different shapes from a block of polystyrene (EPS-Expanded Polystyrene Synthesized). The use of this material makes the structures created light but also resistant, thanks to the resin finishing touches.
The raw material
HELIX structures are produced using polystyrene (EPS-Expanded Polystyrene Synthesized), obtained from corn. This material, durable, reliable but also economical, has qualities that make it suitable for many uses:
– with reduced volumetric mass
– does not absorb odors
All EPS products are lightweight but with a rigid structure, and are easy to shape.
In the specific, corn polystyrene is fully recyclable and the manufacturing process of the material helps to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, making the process completely sustainable.
Open Source Workshop
OSW is based in Milan (Italy) and New Orleans (USA), founded by Marcella Del Signore (architect), GIuseppe Morando (architect) and Elena Del Signore (designer). In their work, they combine design practice, research, and teaching selecting the notion of process as a core competence, in order to investingate the fragile limit between private and public territories.
AMR is a company that deals with the cutting and processing of polystyrene, covering a wide range of applications including: set design, construction, aviation, shipbuilding, models and prototypes, packaging, gadgeting, visual merchandising, interior design, design, thermal and acoustic insulation. Founded in 1980 by Angelo Recchia, in 1994 AMR has created and developed a 5-axis CNC robot, in order to improve the quality of its products. Since 2007 it was introduced the use of a 7-axes CNC pantograph, which led the company to expand its portfolio even more.
The collaboration with Design Week Network
This year in Berlin, the Network Design Week has presented an exhibition combining fashion creations, industrial design and interior design with the aim of showing the German public the creativity and the quality of made in Italy products: the works on display have been selected for the high quality of the production processes.
The purpose of this exhibition is to create a network of contacts between designers, companies, retailers and the German public.
In the specific, HELIX by Open Source Workshop has been selected for the exhibition thanks to a competition organized by the Venice Design Week.