For my main project I thought about bringing something new and unique to the table from my culture. The inspiration comes from inveterate arabic architecture and design. It is known to come in patterns and different appealing structures. The following are some pictures demonstrating it(1)
The designs above just give some idea of how such designs could be detailed while there are so many more ways and interpretations, which existed for many. An illustration where the inspiration is seen a lot is inside mosques as they are known for the beautiful interior architecture. In the following pictures you can see some interior examples of such architectural design(2)
Another inspiration that came across my mind is to make a Majmar(Incense burner). Which is shown in the following picture(3)
In my country, the Sultanate of Oman the Majmar has been used for thousands of years to burn incenses in a protective and stylish way, like a candle holder. It is made of clay and comes in different sizes and shapes. Here I get the inspiration to combine the arabic unique design and the Majmar to make a candle holder with a special touch.
The idea of the project
A hexagonal candle stand that rotates in order to expose the different designs on all sides. Behind the designs (inside the stand) I plan to place transparent colored glass/plastic. The colored glass will help emphasize the side shapes.
I started off by making a prototype out of paper that shows the idea of the colors behind the shapes.
The second iteration prototype demonstrates the rotation mechanism below the candle holder.
I have decided to make a candle holder that has a hexagonal shape, on the sides it has different designs from my inspiration in the last post. The constrains are the following:
- How to come up with the specific designs to use
- How to cut the designs
- Where to acquire material from(colored glass/plastic)
- Rotation mechanism
- Prevent candle from burning the inside of the housing
I started making more sketches of the arabesque patterns and designs I want to have on the sides. In addition I plan to make the whole design in SolidWorks and 3D print the product. It is going to consist of two pieces that get attached together with a fastener.
You can watch the presentation here