The 165 Panel Project is a customized perforated wall system designed to provide an inexpensive, variable open texture for any surface by offering a two-dimensional process with three-dimensional effects. The technique begins by transforming an image into a pattern of pixels through a simple Photoshop algorithm, choosing which version works best, and then modifying it to accommodate structural and material requirements. This pattern is then laser cut into steel. Next, the steel is bent to structure the panel and provide attachment points, and, finally, powder-coated to create a consistent, high-end finish.
This project originated with the interior design of a 5000 s.f. advertising agency in downtown Providence. The panels would illuminate the brand of the company in an existing poorly lit space. We found the system had potential beyond the singular project, and eventually applied a mock-up to our own office interior. In the following images, a flower pattern was used as an example and tested in a variety of materials as mock-ups, including pink foam, wood and paper board before fabricating a set of four panels in steel. Since the system is structured to be variable, it is just as easy to produce one image as another– any client could apply his/her own image to the process with ease.