Ramus M1 (Module Number 01)
L200cm x W80cm x H76cm
“Ramus”, which means “tree branch” in Latin, originated from an idea that was first introduced in D Light at the Salone Satellite in 2011.
The Ramus M1 is an architectural sculpture piece which combines the strengths of carbon fibre together with the structural advantages that can be found in the branch of a tree, maximising its structural strength capacity.
Ramus M1 is the latest development and creation in the designer’s long-term study of efficient forms found in nature and his passion to design works with an architectural concept and through a “natural” method that maximises the material’s potential.
Ramus M1 is made of carbon fibre, which is also used in fighter jets, F1 cars and space shuttles.
Precision-engineered aircraft grade aluminium alloy and stainless steel components were also utilised.
Ramus M1 has been developed as a part of a modular system with future expansion and modification of the design in mind.
The Ramus M1 project was an international collaboration. For over two years, the designer collaborated with an Italian mathematics/software company, TSI s.r.l., to calculate optimum overall geometry, a UK manufacturing company, Penta Patterns (which is also involved in manufacturing F1 cars), to create a master pattern by using advanced CNC technology, and a South Korean composite material specialist, Inno Comtech, for carbon fibre.
The project was also supported by South Korea’s KIDP/Ministry of Culture’s Next Generation Design Leader program.
“My design creations can be described as the products of architectural structural and design investigations. Previously, such investigations were conducted for architectural purposes in designing buildings but I have since shifted my focus to designing functional furniture pieces and lighting devices. In the majority of cases, these experiments do not turn out as initially planned. However, no experiment is wasted as even unexpected results broaden my perspective and enrich my design processes.”
Architect and Designer Il Hoon Roh received an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London and a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London.
After working as an architect at Foster and Partners in London, Il Hoon set up a studio under his name in 2010 to focus full-time on his passion of creating functional art sculptures. Il Hoon’s designs are based on self-form finding shapes, as those found in nature, which are both efficient and strong. He researches and investigates continuously to arrive at the conclusions expressed in his pieces.
In 2012, Il Hoon Roh was selected as a Next Generation Design Leader in South Korea. He has exhibited his works around the world.
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