Sanmiittai is Sankakkei’s big brother, but is more like a construction product instead of a puzzle/game.
It is a customizable designer product which enables you to create your own product design or mathematical art sculpture – eg. a lampshade or a fruitbowl – with the same pieces. It’s the new LEGO for design products.
Sanmiittai is still in development. My concept is to create all possible building stones, so you are free to create any 3D design with these specific (harmonic) geometric structures.
The structure of a product design (such as eg. a lampshade or a fruit bowl) given by the Sanmiittai building stones have a real natural beauty in its perfect simplicity and due to its customizable nature makes this a beautiful and inspiring gift.
So far I created the building stones for two (sacred) geometric designs – the Star Tetrahedron (expansion) and the Vector Equilibrium (contraction) – which form the basis of Sanmiittai.
The Star Tetrahedron is one of the Platonic Solids and is formed by mirroring 2 tetrahedrons, creating 8 smaller tetrahedrons and a octahedron in the center. Notice that all 8 tetrahedrons are pointing outwards as in opposite to the vector equilibrium, or cube octahedron, where all 8 tetrahedrons are pointing inwards.
Although I’m very pleased with the service and quality Shapeways and 3D-printing has to offer, this is still a prototype product and will be perfected in factory production and completed with a stylized packaging.
All the models in the photography on this website are 3D printed.