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Danny Aitken
Favolaschia Pore in Porcelain
Overall view of single household ‘module’ consisting of three porcelain lobes and central aluminium fixture with electronics fitted
Danny Aitken
Favolaschia Pore in Porcelain

I wanted to explore biomorphism and the natural fractal patterns of organic life in a way that complimented my area of design (Ceramics). This is because urbanisation and brutalist urban/suburban environments lack natural form, and this causes widespread mental degradation to those living in those environments. Many people suffocated by urban environments are at a higher risk of developing psychosis, and this is simply due to our exposure to natural stimuli being lower within brutalist consumerist environments. This contrasts with areas with more natural stimuli. Exploring the source of why this stimulus is beneficial to us was the heart of this project and lead Danny Aitken to understand that all-natural form follows set fractal algorithms. Natural light interacts with plants, trees, and fungi to create visually stimulating effects that access our innate biophilic desires and feeds our subconscious minds. Using natural and green light that interacts with forest canopies, and porous fractal patterns inspired by Favolaschia Pustolosa or the ‘White pore fungus’ I generated a ceiling light fixture that utilised the translucency of New Zealand kaolin porcelain to create glowing fungal lobes with a porous fractal underside. Their application is intended for large private homes and atriums of public spaces such as hospitals, libraries and airports. This is to maximise people’s exposure to these fractal patterns in areas that can often be quite stressful and begin to integrate biomorphic design into people’s everyday lives.

A digital rendering of what the product could look like if multiple ‘modules’ were tessellated and fitted in a large indoor space. Each module has three lobes, and multiple modules can be fitted to create an array.
Tatesitu_rendering_090521 – DANNY AITKEN
A digital rendering of the product in situ at the design museum, showing how they may create a canopy above the public as they wander through a museum atrium.
Designmuseumsitu_rendering_090521 – DANNY AITKEN
Close detail of the underside of a single porcelain lobe, showing it glowing with natural sun light. Shows aluminium fixture detail which holds the lobe in place.
Sunlitunderside_porcelain-aluminium_020521 – DANNY AITKEN
Close detail of LED backplate illuminating porcelain lobe with green light.
Greenoverside_porcelain_020521 – DANNY AITKEN
Detail shot on the fractal patterns between each porous indentation on the underside of the porcelain. Illuminated with green light.
Greenlit_porcelain_020521 – DANNY AITKEN