The cell structure of leaves is simulated by a design tool, so the designers at Joris' studio could use it to create a design for laser cutting and CNC milling. The tool is easy to use yet very powerful and can create complex, natural-looking shapes.
From the start of the project Joris knew clearly what he wanted to build. Because he did not have programming experience it was my job to translate his ideas and sketches into files ready for production by his team.
The surface of the tables should resemble the veins in a leaf. I did a lot of research on the way leaves are built and how the cell structure within leaves grow. I modelled this structure on three levels using Voronoi algorithms which give a very natural and cell-like appearance.
After a number of tests it was clear that the algorithm on its own could not produce the desired result. Therefore I modified the program so the designers could change the structure of the cells to perfectly suit it to their needs. The algorithm then calculated the final outline which could be tweaked afterwards. After a number of iterations we came to the perfect balance between automated creation and user modification. The structure was refined afterwards with smooth corners and offsets, with software commonly used in GIS.
The final designs were exhibited in a number of art shows and galleries around the world, most notably in South-Korea.