Design Miami's Deconstructed Tent

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January 14, 2011
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  Konstantin Grcic (honored as Design Miami's designer of the year) elected to create a seating installation titled "Netscape" in the center of the shed.  Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
    Konstantin Grcic (honored as Design Miami's designer of the year) elected to create a seating installation titled "Netscape" in the center of the shed. Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
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  The 24 seats fashioned from netting hang mid-air and are suspended by a metal frame. "When we were shown [Grcic's] early renderings for Netscape, it was clear he understood the spirit of the space," says Granger.  Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
    The 24 seats fashioned from netting hang mid-air and are suspended by a metal frame. "When we were shown [Grcic's] early renderings for Netscape, it was clear he understood the spirit of the space," says Granger. Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
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  Moorehead & Moorehead's design explored the deconstruction of a standard event tent through a series of cuts and folds. The tent’s interior was designed by New York architects Aranda\Lasch.  Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
    Moorehead & Moorehead's design explored the deconstruction of a standard event tent through a series of cuts and folds. The tent’s interior was designed by New York architects Aranda\Lasch. Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
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  The tent's standard flat vinyl panels were manipulated by a simple pattern of hand-cut slits, folded to simultaneously open the panels and create a volumetric surface.  Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
    The tent's standard flat vinyl panels were manipulated by a simple pattern of hand-cut slits, folded to simultaneously open the panels and create a volumetric surface. Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
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  The pattern was then deployed across the tent in a gradual fade, transitioning from a flat, closed surface to an airy, latticed volume.  Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
    The pattern was then deployed across the tent in a gradual fade, transitioning from a flat, closed surface to an airy, latticed volume. Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
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  "Most of our efforts went into refining how the pattern behaved," says Granger. "The pinching process tensioned the panel, making much tauter than a typical tent panel. It required several full scale mock-ups experimenting with panel width, slit locations, and vinyl weight to get the volumetric latticework we wanted."
    "Most of our efforts went into refining how the pattern behaved," says Granger. "The pinching process tensioned the panel, making much tauter than a typical tent panel. It required several full scale mock-ups experimenting with panel width, slit locations, and vinyl weight to get the volumetric latticework we wanted."
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  The tent was the first temporary structure commissioned by Design Miami.  Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
    The tent was the first temporary structure commissioned by Design Miami. Courtesy of MICHAEL STAVARIDIS.
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