poplojik is a patented method of construction, designed and fabricated in Los Angeles California. The building concept is to transform flat flexible components into easy-to-build 3D structures. Its fabrication combines traditional methods of developing paper patterns, with contemporary methods of digital fabrication.
At the start, exploratory designs are developed which focus on the personality of each subject. Attention is given to the geometry from which the flat-to-3D transformation will emerge. Experimental patterns are cut by hand, and preliminary models are constructed in paper. These exploratory mock-ups are revised, and successful prototypes are deconstructed, then their patterns scanned. Digital drawings are developed, from which laser cut prototypes are fabricated in polypropylene. Subsequent revisions are made until the engineered models are perfected.
Components are made from polypropylene. A food-safe thermoplastic from which many domestic containers are made; ice cream and yogurt containers, drinking straws, pill bottles, carpets, and thermal wear. PP (code 5) can be recycled successfully, and up to 50% recycled polypropylene can be added to virgin material without degradation to its physical or chemical characteristics.