One approach to creating a novel design application is to intentionally reinterpret a material's intended function. For example, solder is a soft metal alloy typically used to join wires and electrical components together. However, in the case of a recent work by Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto, solder is used as a primary surfacing material rather than a connective substance.
To make his "Form of Light Force Transmission
Although it required a long and painstaking process to produce, Okamoto's installation imparts a rich and unexpected quality that results from its surprising misuse of a common material.
Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a regularly featured columnist whose stories appear on this website each week. His views and conclusions are not necessarily those of ARCHITECT magazine nor of the American Institute of Architects.