Magnetmorph is a project of experimental design solutions for interiors of architectural open spaces. It introduces a visual division of an architectural space onto separate zones of different functions which need to be isolated.
Magnetmorph is also a response to the need for creating a greater intimacy of open halls. It can shelter entrance zones, box off individual desks or tables, mark out kitchen or social zones or separate work areas from relaxation sectors. It acts as a screen whose final appearance, that is its translucency and color, can be modified by its user. By applying mobile, untrasparent modules mounted on a see-through base, it becomes possible to arrange or modify patterns of individual walls. The structure undergoes a transformation every time a user moves these puzzle –like modules. In this way the screen interacts with its users. This can provoke and encourage them to work out new, personal and unique compositions. Thus, Magnetmorph was created by combining the features of a game or a toy with functionality.
The integration of glass panes with mobile puzzles is based on the principle of interactions of forces within a magnetic field. The base – an acrylic glass tile laser encrusted with dotted steel elements with ferromagnetic properties, is a frame carrying the puzzles. The distribution of the metal elements is subordinated to the grid of triangles arranged in hexagons. Each of the movable triangular modules (Plexiglas Black & White) has three neodymium magnets embedded in the corners and thus, it can be easily attached to the above-described glass panel. Non-illuminated Plexiglas pane remains black. When placed in a strong source of light it becomes semi-translucent and takes the color of the light cast on its surface.
The presented system can be reconfigured in any direction. The presented screen size 80 cm to 150 cm can be reproduced to form larger surfaces, it can be used to mark out sub-spaces or a user can intensify its images and patterns by adding extra layers. The expansion of forms observed in nature (e.g. spreading of vine bushes), was a direct inspiration for creating the described system which can be freely expanded or compacted in any direction to match the user’s expectations.
Magnetmorph uses materials and components with contrasting features e.g. transparent glass bases contrast with opaque puzzles, elements with a large surface coexist with minor forms; static frames stand out against mobile modules
The Magnetmorph system can be used in any space that needs to be divided not only for optical but also functional reasons. The structure can undergo continual metamorphosis; it can grow into the interior, be converted into or combined with such interior elements as walls and furniture, or catch light in the network of triangular transparent modules becoming the source of illumination. To illustrate this phenomenon we made a lamp.
Four shields of the lamp made of acrylic milky glass serve as a base for fixing on-top modules. The modules can be chosen from the provided sets of color series and then arranged freely. We used LED strips adhered to the aluminum frame of the lamp as a light source.
In the experimental set (consisting of a screen and the lamp) we used puzzle – like units, the shape of which was determined by the properties of the material they are made of, that is plexiglass. At further, already planned stages of the experiment we are going to apply other types of soft and flexible materials that can be easily shaped.
The Magnetmorph.com website is an electronic presentation of the real objects.
The project is carried out within the framework of the studies called: “In another dimension”, which are a part of a doctoral dissertation by M.A. Magdalena Jurkowska. In 2010 the author graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow Currently, Magdalena Jurkowska is an academic at the Department of Interior Design.
Website design and graphics of Magnetmorph: Magdalena Jurkowska
Wdrożenie strony i efekt paralaksy: Mateusz Miczka