When they hear the word ‘acrylic’ most people think immediately of paints, signage, display, advertising, or other traditional uses. However, for product designers, transparency, high optical clarity, texture and many other fantastic aesthetic and performance qualities make acrylic an ideal material to work with.
Designers truly do break the traditionalist’s view of acrylic. Let’s consider, for example, the material’s optical clarity and ability to perform with light. Using a light guide panel in conjunction with LEDs in precisely the right way can create a dramatic effect; a complex 3D shape becomes a thing of special beauty. The details shine through. Such creations propel acrylic from the confines of a supporting role to one that is uniquely center stage.
Lucite International’s (LI) operations in Taiwan, KMC, is currently working with one of its key customers, Tsu Yang Company, to explore the creative potential of acrylic in order to encourage even more designers to work with the material.
Combining Tsu Yang Company’s design experience and advanced craft and fabrication techniques with KMC’s world-class production and creative vision for acrylic has led to the creation of a special collection of some of the world’s most iconic buildings in miniature acrylic model form.
This successful collaboration is just the latest example of KMC going beyond its role of MMA producer to one that stimulates creativity and encourages others to explore the infinite possibilities of acrylic.
Tsu Yang Company will soon complete models of the Tokyo skyline and Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa. Next are London’s Big Ben and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
The Eiffel Tower
This work uses the high transparency feature of acrylic to stunning effect! The designer focused on the structural detail in this model made from over 100 pieces of beautifully cut acrylic. The interior is lit subtly to create a visual feast of light and shadow.
Tsu Yang Company used traditional mortise and tenon joints to create the pyramid from over 790 pieces of specially cut acrylic. Surface carvings added to the effect. The built-in LED lights help create this brilliant replica of the original pyramid that recreates the mysterious atmosphere of Mayan culture.
Acrylic was chosen for Taipei 101 because of its excellent light transmission. Once again, the model was assembled using a mix of mortise and tenon joints and features intricate carvings on many of the 566 pieces that were used to form the finished piece. The result is a fantastic take on the original architecture.