michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Interactive Segmented Cocoons

Interactive Segmented Cocoons

Michael Jantzen
© 2012

The Interactive Segmented Cocoons are special places in which to retreat from the ordinary. They are painted wood and metal structures designed to be used indoors or outdoors. They can be made in various sizes and shapes. In every case, the structures are formed by stacking a series of free-formed shaped segments around a center cylindrical support frame. The support frame holds each of the segments separate from one another on rails, which allows each of them to be easily rotated around the center cylindrical space.
Each of the free-formed segments has an opening formed into its perimeter shape. When all of the segments are stacked and aligned with one another, they form a doorway into the cocoon. Once the occupant is inside of the structure, the segments can be rotated out of the symmetrical configuration. In this way, the doorway disappears as it is fragmented around the cocoon to become multiple windows. When the occupant wants to exit the structure, they simply need to realign the segments back into the doorway configuration. Of course, each time any of the segments are rotated out of the symmetrical configuration, the entire shape of the cocoon changes.
I designed the Interactive Segmented Cocoons to become playful functional art pieces that can be used as special places in which to retreat from the ordinary and just have fun!

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