For his day job, architect and computational designer Greg Blanpied designs bridges for a global engineering firm. But during his off-hours, the digital-fabrication-fluent Blanpied designs these much smaller structures made from laser-cut steel:
"I designed these candle holders to create a stereographic projection of the Flower of Life and Metatron's cube, respectively," Blanpied writes.
"A stereographic projection is a method of mapping geometry from spherical coordinates into planar coordinates. In this exploration, I transferred some of my favorite geometric shapes onto the surface of these candle holders in a way in which they would create a true stereographic projection when the flame reaches a 6" height from the base. The candle holders are six inches in diameter, and hold a .75" candle."