Deformscape by Faulders Studio

Deformscape is by Faulders Studio, the San Francisco office of architect Thom Faulders. This post is for Paul, who misses posts with mathematical content, and @jennifergardy, who first pointed it out.

“Deformscape is an outdoor extension to a private dwelling in San Francisco. Situated in a tightly packed urban neighborhood, this limited space outdoor sculpture garden inherits a large tree, and uses this sole arboreal presence to establish a gravitational pattern of grooves that are focused towards the tree’s centroid. This asserts the valued presence of the carbon-absorbing tree and its green canopy overhead, while allowing for a maximum of usable surface area below free of other vegetation. To generate the resultant pattern, a 3-dimensional bulge is formed around the tree, and its distorted wire-grid projected onto a 2-dimensional surface. Taking into account appearance effects created by perspective views from inside, the resultant planar surface appears sink around the tree.”

2 comments on "Deformscape"

  1. Thanks for this. The “sink” effect here is really quite compelling. I wonder if my wife would let me paint around the ceiling lightfittings like this? (-:

    I’m curious of your “ouno” logo. It has an ambigrammatic quality to it – I suspect deliberate? Are you familiar with the work of Scott Kim (and others)? There is an implied image of “burning the candle at both ends” extending the logo vertically and reading down o n u o – though I suspect that idea is in MY mind only.

    Does the word “ouno” mean something specific?

  2. I like that ceiling idea!

    You are very observant. ouno is the same right-side up as upside down, which engages various philosophical interests of mine as well as a general taste for looking at things from opposite directions. Mirror images and doubles are endlessly interesting. “ouno” is also a name in both Finnish and Japanese, two design traditions I particularly admire. In Japan there’s an ancient temple, a village and various anime characters named Ouno, seemingly of both genders. And since ouno is not a common name anywhere else, we (my original design partner and I – we came up with it together) thought it would be easy to search for online, which is particularly helpful these days. I don’t know the work of Scott Kim but I’ll look it up now. I designed the logo myself using Illustrator – I’m not even sure how I did that, since I barely knew Illustrator at the time, but sometimes the luckiest use of an application is by those who don’t know what they’re doing. I was aiming for enough repetition of the shape that the whole thing would approach abstraction, and the general symmetry of the word (the u and n are just inversion of each other, and they’re book-ended by two o’s) facilitated this. I was also aiming for a 60s typography look – in 60s type there was all that playing around with geometry, chunky, thick text as supergraphic art, so that was my intention. No one’s ever asked about this before, in 6 years! Since we started with the name ouno, several other companies have appeared with that name, and they have used some of the same typographic tricks – different enough not to be copies, but similar enough to irk me! Anyway, thanks for your interest!

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