Lagrangian Point by Design Soil

Kobe Design University’s design collective Design Soil presented a collection of new works in Milan called “Lagrangian Point”. The overarching theme of the collection comes from a 1772 essay by Joseph Louis Lagrange called “Essay on the Three-Body Problem.”

From the designers:

In 1772, in the “Essay on the Three-Body Problem,” Joseph Louis Lagrange indicated the Lagrangian Point, a point exists in the space between the revolving two bodies that gravity and centrifugal force are balanced. A material put on this point keeps balancing and revolving without changing a relative position. A calm stability is found in throughout the various forces crossing. Yet, not only in the astronomic subjects, it is able to be found in places where close to us. The collection of, “Lagrangian Point” is the works produced by finding the equilibrium hidden behind the apparently unstable forces and structures.


Crimp low table by Tomoya Yoshino is made with two thin boards that are unable to stand alone, but with the curves, they are able to not only stand, but support the heavy weight of glass.


Half Throttle by Kohdai Iwamoto is an assembled shelf aimed at the Pythagorean theorem. After inserting the prop into a square hole of the shelf board, just twist the prop to 45 degrees.


Seven-Tenths by Yuki Matsumoto is a series of parts that can be assembled to create multiple items. The various parts have a common structure, and can be replaced to change it into a small box, a birdhouse, or a swing.


Lean is a coat rack and side table by Kengo Babata with a leg that leans on the next and that one on the next and so on.


Tensile bookshelf by Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is using the pliable characteristic of plywood to fix the shelf boards. By inserting the prop into the slit hole of the shelf board, the slit part is pushed out by the prop which creates an arch, and the shelf board get fixed by its elasticity.


By inserting a stick into a holed board and tilts it, the stick will get stuck in the side of the hole. The Torque low table by Nobu Miake and manufactured by YASUTA Veneered Surfaces & Design applies this rule to support two tabletops at different positions. As it is stable by the legs tilting, it will increase the strength as more stuff loaded.


Straw desk light by Kohdai Iwamoto is inspired by a straw placed in a glass. It can be adjusted the angles of the light by hooking the light itself inside of the base with different levels.


Sling Wall Shelf by Weena Lee Shas five different lengths of sides and tilts easily depending on the weight and the shape of stored items. It becomes stable at the position by keeping its balance by the center of gravity.


Trinity Stool by Junichiro Oshima is a folding stool with tied knots at the both ends. The rope passes through the legs and the seat to give the relation that pulling each other from different directions, and in doing so, the rope tightens the legs firmly. You can also use the rope as a handle to carry the stool from place to place.


Water Balance vase by Risako Matsumoto is a shelf and vase in one that begins to lose its balance once the water in the vase begins to evaporate.


Catena mobile by Yumi Nakamoto is made of rayon yarn and piano wire. The beautiful curve is made when both ends of the yarn are pinched together.

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