Cocoon, a Kerfin Experiment: Francis Redman

Francis Redman

I am a young architect and multidisciplinary designer from the Dominican Republic, interested in how innovation and new formal explorations can advance and create better built environments for us to interact within. I did my Bachelor's degree in Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts and am currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.

Cocoon: a kerfing experiment

By taking inspiration from the caterpillar’s cocoon, we developed a geometry to fabricate a lamp that would not only resemble the insect’s monocoque case but that would also challenge the wood bending technique of kerfing. Our final patterns are the result of various iterations that since the beginning sought to create a multi-directional bending surface while at the same time allowing them to display a pleasing illumination. Because of the organic nature of the cocoon, the joinery system for the lamp is based on small protuberances extending from the pattern’s end and interlocking with matching holes on the adjacent surface. This gives the appearance of interlacing edges. All of these components create a wrapping environment for the light bulb to be located in the inside, inducing a similarity to a butterfly inside its cocoon.
Team: Francis Redman, Archana Ravikumar, Nithin Bhargav Ramesh, Kaushik Raghuraman.