Bo(u)lder is a sculpture involving illusion and laminates. High-pressure laminates are able to blend paper and finish into a surface that seems to be another material entirely. Reflecting on the nature of this illusion, we look into how laminates currently emulate other materials in looks and texture, and explore how to enhance this further. The investigation involves implementation of techniques such as kerfing and curve folding to transform laminates from a 2-dimensional surface into a 3-dimensional volume.
The agenda is to create an illusion of stone at first glance and gradually transforming its perception into something else as one observes closer. The design takes on the shape, look, and behaviour of a natural stone in silhouette. Meanwhile, the smaller details let the object morph from a smooth, hard solid to an airy, soft veil. This is how we arrived at Bo(u)lder.