Evolving Joinery presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional interlocking timber joints.
Our research, funded by the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre and the Digital Manufacturing for Design Centre of the Singapore University of Technology and Design presents its insights into the traditional forms of design and its findings into new perspectives for the future.
Interlocking joinery, employed from furniture design to building construction, creatively exploits material and geometry such that no extraneous mechanical fasteners such as bolts or screws are structurally required. As such, the design of novel details requires the understanding of timber as a natural composite material with its varied structural performance characteristics; its unique artisan techniques of fabrication, its geometrically intricate assembly procedures, and its aesthetics qualities.
Digital information technologies, namely computer-assisted structural design in combination with digital fabrication processes such as computer numerical control machining and multi-material 3D printing enables the conception and materialization of interlocking structural joints that were unattainable with timber crafted by hand.
Venue: National Design Centre, Gallery 1
When: 16 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017,