Week 8 _Makayla Hansen
While looking for a material this week I stumbled upon Flexicomb, which is essentially an extruded and flexible honey comb. It is an amusing material designed by pAdLAb at the Yale School of Architecture. The structure is formed by thermo plastic polymer, or polypropylene, tubes that are gathered and heated at one end which fuses them together into a honeycomb-like pattern. When manipulated, this fused side remains rigid while the other almost blooms, separating and shifting with the movement. The object can be bent, squished, and curved to create many different forms. It has a bouncy quality and is also fairly translucent which makes for interesting light fixtures.
pAdLAb explains that Flexicomb is a reevaluation of the disposable drinking straw. This comment leads me to question what the material in this case really is. What is the line that distinguishes between material and application of material? Flexicomb is referred to as a material itself, but I would think that it is in fact the result of polypropylene tubes or straws that have been misused or applied in a different way. I can see where this concept might get a little foggy and technical, but attempting to break down an object or define an objects material presents an intriguing notion.