Piix is a new series of conceptual furniture objects by Simon Gamble, who considers digitally controlled cutting machinery as holding "dormant potential for crafting unique objects." He observes that digitally controlled cutting is becoming more and more commonplace in manufacture and that its use "allows for outputs from the virtual to the physical world."
Employing an innovative creative approach that differs radically from the mundane tasks these machines are typically used for, Piix unlocks the latent potential for crafting bespoke objects with CNC technology (computer numerically controlled cutting). Gamble explains that "the aim of CNC cutting is to produce an exact physical reproduction of computer simulated objects... This project [Piix] is driven by two technologies; the 3D top down scanner and a CNC mill. The textured timber surfaces have been achieved by scanning a range of woven fabrics associated with upholstery (Wool, Linen, and Cotton)."
"These scans record the warp and weft grid of the weave in minute detail. By sampling small areas then enlarging and manipulating the surface heights an intentionally disruptive surface is produced. These surfaces are then outputted to a CNC cutter. By introducing inaccuracy in the layout of timber on the CNC bed and overlaying the cutting paths the resulting surfaces become unique. This uniqueness belies the accuracy with which they have been cut."
Simon Gamble is an Auckland based artist and lectures in Contemporary Craft at Unitec.