'The Narrow Path' exhibition is a great platform to understand better and see more of the experimental architecture and design of experimental practice D*Haus, whose work navigates between small product design, furniture and architecture concepts. Pictured, is the Dynamic D*Haus concept
Designed by D*Haus founders David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson, it can be automatically folded into different variations depending on the season or time of day
The design follows mathematician Henry Dudeney's formula, which transforms a perfect square into an equilateral triangle. The model can be configured in eight different ways
Position no.1 takes the form of a perfect square, which rotates according to the sun's movement across the sky
Rooms would fold out on rails, to expose the interior walls to natural light when it is available
An accompanying range of products featured in 'The Narrow Path' exhibition includes the D*Light, a ceiling fixture that follows Dudeney's formula
The High*Light is a more playful coloured version
The models and furnishings are surrounded by explanatory drawings at Anise gallery, which add more colour
Not unlike the Dynamic house, the D*Table unfolds to expose useful cubbies, shelves and drawers for storage
It folds into a perfect square...
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There's something for everybody in D*Haus's work. The young London-based architecture and design practice founded by David Ben-Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson in 2011 navigates between small product design, furniture and architecture concepts. But there is a clear common thread in their work.
In 1903 mathematician and author Henry Dudeney discovered a mathematical formula that proved the perfect square could transform, in a few simple moves, into the perfect equilateral triangle. Inspired and fascinated by the simplicity and perfection of the formula, Ben-Grünberg and Woolfson worked on translating the idea into lighting, furniture of various scales, even a house.
'The Narrow Path', the team's first exhibition at the Anise Gallery in Southwark, is a great platform to understand better and see more of the experimental practice's work. The D*Table can be arranged in multiple configurations. Ditto the D*Light, while the High*Light is a playful, colourful interpretation of a ceiling light. Large-scale prints illustrating the concept and formula are also available.
But the show's highlight is the prototype of Dynamic D*Haus, Ben-Grunberg and Woolfson's contemporary answer to the Girasole. The house is designed to move and adapt to the changing seasonal climatic conditions, following the sun and views as well as the owners' desires. It can open to eight different configurations, from a square to a fully extended chain of triangular wings. A model and accompanying visuals introduce the concept at Anise.
'The Narrow Path' is open only until the end of the month. Yet D*Haus has a lot more in store after that. The Dynamic design is in development for further applications in both the conceptual and commercial fields, so watch this space.
'The Narrow Path' runs until 30 November 2012
13a Shad Thames
London SE1 2PU