Darcy Zelenko

30mm Pine Corner Moulding 



30mm Pine Corner Moulding



The approach undertaken to develop this object concerns the utilisation of distributed manufacturing to address a lack of availability of prototyping and workshop equipment. To counter this, a commonly available off-the-shelf material is selected to be the building block of a more complex outcome.

This is through the adaptation of the design process to be able to achieve complexity through assembly, rather than fabrication. In this production paradigm, computational design tools are emphasised over processes of making. Utilising a kit-of-parts, an algorithm is programmed to combine them in a specified logic to generate a defined outcome. Behaviors of stacking and intertwinement are favoured which minimise the use of fixings. This process maximises design complexity, a conceptual goal used to hone the computational approach. Part design uses off-the-shelf components which are made using low-technology methods. A digital design tool overseas the human-centred assembly process. The result is an outcome which uses principles of standardisation to achieve the highly bespoke.

Timber mouldings are used to decorate other forms, hardly used to create form themselves. They come in different kinds of profiles which are efficiently carved-out through a machining process. A right-angled profile was chosen to enable part nestings. Simple parts were created from standardised section lengths which were fabricated by the timber supplier. These parts were programmed into a discrete design algorithm used to design a chair that creates visual interest from assembled complexity. The resultant chair possesses a form that is uniquely digital in nature. The layers of intertwined rectilinear moulding creates a chair with a voxelised aesthetic unique to its constituent parts. Conceived using highly digital means, assembled in a low tech way, from standardised materials. A future of making is presented which utilises existing efficient timber manufacturing techniques and uses design computation to augment the outcome.



Darcy Zelenko is passionate about using digital technology to advance all kinds of design. He is currently exploring the use of digital design and advanced manufacturing to improve the built environment as a PhD candidate at Monash University as a James Cox Scholar. At the heart of this endeavor is the role of design and how its value can best be communicated. Darcy also belongs to the Future Building Initiative, a research lab focussed on conceptualising and implementing a more industrialised approach to building. He has worked extensively in digital fabrication holding positions at university labs and within industry which has seen him develop expertise in bespoke timber manufacturing. In addition to this Darcy has taught architecture and computational design at multiple universities, with a specific interest in the role that prototyping can play as part of an innovative design process.


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