Xavier De Clippeleir

Designer, Teacher
Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Antwerp, Belgium


At the 2010 Bridges Art Exhibition in Pécs I have presented 3 transforming polyhedra: the cube, the rhombic dodecahedron and the triacontahedron.

For this exhibition I would like to present three objects that show

their movement: from very slow to fast pulsating.

350 x 350 x 350 mm
Wood, brass

The edges of the cube are provided with 2 hinges, 24 in total.

By turning a lever a diagonal axis moves slowly up and down.

The cube open and closes.

400 x 400 x 400 mm
Stainless Steel

The dodecahedron on the picture is suspended in the air with a thin wire. The wire is attached to a metal spring.The edges of the dodecahedron are provided with hinges, 48 in total .

Pulling the wire up and down opens and closes the form.

With the right frequency the form starts "pulsating". The change in volume reminds of a fast beating heart.

The situation can be reconstructed in the exhibition with simple means so that visitors can experience the fenomenon.

diameter closed: 100 mm open: 145 mm
Nylon ( selective laser sintering )

The sphere is divided in 8 parts. They are connected with 24 axes of rotation.

A diagonal spring connects oposite parts.

A vertical sliding action opens and closes the sphere.

The form is produced by rapid prototyping out of one piece, including the hinges.