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Sonuslexica by Apical Reform pays homage to the citizens of Dubai:An immersive installation by Apical Reform, the Sonuslexica was displayed at the Design Days Dubai Fair, 2017.

Sonuslexica marks Apical’s exploratory journey into sound wave technology. Iceberg-shaped, the wooden installation offered them an opportunity to capture the transection of nationalities from the UAE and outside, who were invited to record the following string of words in their dialect: Peace, Diversity, Harmony, Happiness, Growth and Respect.

Apical Reform made use of sound wave technology to detach sound waves acquired through the spoken words, to translate them into 3D. These sound samples were patterned into beautiful wooden totems through digital fabrication.

Breaking down the structure of the Sonuslexica, the installation could be seen through three sections; the Root, the Sky and the Sea.

The Design Days Dubai fair stands as a testimony to Apical’s unconventional installation, Sonuslexica. An ode to the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai, the installation is meant to pay homage to the citizens of the city and to a risen metropolis that was once a barren land covered in layers of lifeless sand dunes.

The Emirates seem to have a long history with wood. Traditional trading boats called Dhows were made from wood and played a vital role in establishing the city as a crucial trading port. As crucial as the history of the city, wood used for the totems reflects the root or the genesis of the evolvement of the city.

Inspired by the Dubai skyline, the upper portion represents the manmade world. While the skyline inspired the sound wave formation, this portion of the installation was intentionally moulded in aluminium and coloured in grey fine-textured powder coating; representing the made-made world that rose from dry sand dunes to famous architectural landmarks as compared to the organic wood that was used for the roots.

Sonuslexica bridges the gap between modern sound wave technology, traditional building materials and humanity. The installation that takes the form of an iceberg hints that there is a deeper meaning to the city beyond its glamour, if only we could look at its history and diverse culture.

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Lab 17 May 2017

Apical Reform’s Sonuslexica Tributes an Immersive Experience at the Design Days Dubai Fair

A studio dedicated to the creation of innovative immersive experiences, Apical Reform was commissioned the alluring Sonuslexica installation for Design Days Dubai fair, 2017. Experimenting digital print technology with sound waves, Amish Patel and Darshan Soni produced a masterpiece that was dedicated as an to ode to Dubai.

Apical Reform, an Ahmedabad-based firm stacks in a captivating repertory of work that blends in art with creative passion. Even though founder, Amish Patel and design director Darshan Soni started off way back in 2011 working over commercial and residential projects, the team evolved over the years and were soon recognised for projects that broke the mundane and spoke nothing ordinary.

Sonuslexica by Apical Reform pays homage to the citizens of Dubai:An immersive installation by Apical Reform, the Sonuslexica was displayed at the Design Days Dubai Fair, 2017.

The Design Days Dubai fair stands as a testimony to Apical’s unconventional installation, Sonuslexica. An ode to the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai, the installation is meant to pay homage to the citizens of the city and to a risen metropolis that was once a barren land covered in layers of lifeless sand dunes.

The Design Days Dubai fair stands as a testimony to Apical’s unconventional installation, Sonuslexica. An ode to the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai, the installation is meant to pay homage to the citizens of the city and to a risen metropolis that was once a barren land covered in layers of lifeless sand dunes.

The multicultural fabric of Dubai

Sonuslexica marks Apical’s exploratory journey into sound wave technology. Iceberg-shaped, the wooden installation offered them an opportunity to capture the  transection of nationalities from the UAE and outside, who were invited to record the following string of words in their dialect: Peace, Diversity, Harmony, Happiness, Growth and Respect.

Sonuslexica marks Apical’s exploratory journey into sound wave technology. Iceberg-shaped, the wooden installation offered them an opportunity to capture the transection of nationalities from the UAE and outside, who were invited to record the following string of words in their dialect: Peace, Diversity, Harmony, Happiness, Growth and Respect.

 

Apical Reform made use of sound wave technology to detach sound waves acquired through the spoken words, to translate them into 3D. These sound samples were patterned into beautiful wooden totems through digital fabrication.  Each wooden totem differs from another on account of being crafted as per the sound wave produced through the spoken word.

Breaking down the structure of the Sonuslexica, the installation could be seen through three sections; the Root, the Sky and the Sea where the structure speaks for the city’s values, resources and its zeal towards the city’s success. While the root forms the base of the installation; representing the sound waves picked up from the words spoken, it works as a metaphor for the city moulded by the values of happiness, respect, growth and peace. The root component of the installation is seen with wood totems at the lower end that embody brass caps and raw organic birch ply that stem out a lighter shade.

Apical Reform made use of sound wave technology to detach sound waves acquired through the spoken words, to translate them into 3D. These sound samples were patterned into beautiful wooden totems through digital fabrication.

Breaking down the structure of the Sonuslexica, the installation could be seen through three sections; the Root, the Sky and the Sea.

The Design Days Dubai fair stands as a testimony to Apical’s unconventional installation, Sonuslexica. An ode to the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai, the installation is meant to pay homage to the citizens of the city and to a risen metropolis that was once a barren land covered in layers of lifeless sand dunes.

Why Wood?

The Emirates seem to have a long history with wood. Traditional trading boats called Dhows were made from wood and played a vital role in establishing the city as a crucial trading port. As crucial as the history of the city, wood used for the totems reflects the root or the genesis of the evolvement of the city.

Inspired by the Dubai skyline, the upper portion represents the manmade world. While the skyline inspired the sound wave formation, this portion of the installation was intentionally moulded in aluminium and coloured in grey fine-textured powder coating; representing the made-made world that rose from dry sand dunes to famous architectural landmarks as compared to the organic wood that was used for the roots.

The Emirates seem to have a long history with wood. Traditional trading boats called Dhows were made from wood and played a vital role in establishing the city as a crucial trading port. As crucial as the history of the city, wood used for the totems reflects the root or the genesis of the evolvement of the city.

 

While the ripple pool at the base would leave you in contemplation, beneath the platform that forms the foundation to the ripple pool lie speakers that play a soundtrack. The recorded words that were converted into wooden totems make up the audio composition playing from beneath. Interestingly, the outpour of beats from the speaker would give rise to waves on the surface.

Inspired by the Dubai skyline, the upper portion represents the manmade world. While the skyline inspired the sound wave formation, this portion of the installation was intentionally moulded in aluminium and coloured in grey fine-textured powder coating; representing the made-made world that rose from dry sand dunes to famous architectural landmarks as compared to the organic wood that was used for the roots.

 

The disc on the hand is a subtle separator of the two worlds. This piece is embellished with a subtle white in matt finish.

Sonuslexica bridges the gap between modern sound wave technology, traditional building materials and humanity. The installation that takes the form of an iceberg hints that there is a deeper meaning to the city beyond its glamour, if only we could look at its history and diverse culture.

Apical Reform will be launching their own gallery this summer at the Dubai Design District. Look out!