Parametric Pendants by Colin Westeinde
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
Inspired by variation and ideation, the Parametric Pendant marries opposed forms and materials with heat and pressure through its fundamentally generative design. In a multi-step process which begins in the computer, a heuristic model of the faceted vessel form is used to create a unique iteration of the pendant’s water jet cut copper shell. This rational shell is then transformed through the introduction of a smoke gray glass bubble. As the copper and glass interact they form a single object; the glass reacting to the shape it is expanded within and the copper adopting a natural heat patina and weakening under the intense heat of the glass to the point that it moves and responds simultaneously. This system allows for a family of objects both efficiently producible and consistently unique.