leon BROWN

A new-age material experiment through the form of an eight-sided cast glass orchid vase, that indicates the plant’s water level using a hydrochromic coated inner cylinder that reveals a deep blue on contact with water — translating the plant’s chemical state into a physical impression on the product’s material.

Principal Designer:
Leon Brown

Course Lead:
Geoffrey Mann

With support from:
Ingrid Phillips

An orchid, framed oblivious, by the eight crisp planes that define its form. Kakukei is an exploratory conversation in textures, materialities, and translucencies; an arrangement merging rapid-prototyping and the craft-intensive processes of casting solid glass.

A glass reservoir is constructed from a single piece of solid glass, giving support to a two-piece internal chamber — a Polylactide plastic pot with a hydrochromic coating. The glass arrangement suspends an inner pot in a layer of water to provide a reservoir for the orchid. As the pot is exposed to water, dull white reveals to an undercoating of deep blue and broadcasts through glass diffusion the current water level. The orchid spins gold from hard life, moving forth and toward the grand sky. Kakukei Pot formed part of my third-year study at the University of Edinburgh.

Kakukei reveals in use the image of a floating world with an elegant lightness of being. An orchid, framed oblivious, by the eight crisp planes that define its form. A conversation in textures, materialities, and translucencies; the glass arrangement suspends a layer of water to provide an osmose reservoir for its carer.

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