I had the chance to collaborate with an expert model builder on a project for a competition by Nastro Azzurro in London. The best part of that project was the many designs we tried for the base – the tripod. This kind of sparked my interest in expressing the three-point standard in various ways.
Take a stand
The way an object relates to the ground is extremely telling of its nature. The way it stands, the way it balances and responds to the ground. Just like with a person the posture starts with the stance. The three large circular feet make the stance very stable and very gentle on the ground. Much like the Allunaggio seat by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni designed for Zanotta in 1965. Here the form is more sculpted and less industrial to create a smooth flow between the elements.
A gentle stance.
Transitions between elements.
More regular yet still characteristic.
The second option we worked with was more normal with a more expected curvature, yet it is still quite unique in the way it gently slopes towards the ground with convex plastic feet optically elevating the ends off the ground. This makes the stance visually lighter. It puts more accent on the three arms and their transition to the vertical than the transition towards the feet tips.
The right amount of curve.