The classic PIN hanger is created by seam welding two sheets of metal and deforming it through inner air pressure using a compressor. The HOT PIN is similar but is formed through pressure formed within the object itself. The user receives the product flat packed and sealed with our secret potion locked inside. At temperature of 200ºC the HOT PIN transforms from a flat 2 dimensional object gaining a bulbous 3 dimensional shape. This way anyone can bake their own DIY hangers at home. Recipe: Choose 220g of the best piece of metal and roll it into a thin sheet under 1mm thick. Use a laser cookie cutter to create patterns of your choosing and weld them together. Add the filling in the form of our secret potion and seal the cookie before baking. Preheat the oven to 200 ºC and carefully place the HOT PIN on a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes and then carefully remove using protective baking mitts. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before touching the HOT PIN – it may burn you, it is literally very HOT! This is how you create a tasty piece of design, which we want to share with you.
Oskar Zieta is a designer who since 2003 has been working as a research associate and a teaching assistant at the chair of CAAD at the ETH in Zurich and writing his doctoral thesis under supervision of Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt. The main focus of his thesis is the input of computer-controlled machines in processing of metal sheets in the architecture and design. During his research at the ETH, Oskar Zieta has developed different methods of enhancing efficiency of technology for steel design, architecture and construction. The main topic was the use of steel sheets as a construction element – cheap, easy to shape and efficient. The problem with steel sheets is stability – the work was focused on how to reach the desired stability of steel sheets to be able to use them as construction elements.
Many different technologies were developed - among others, FIDU technology. In 2008 Oskar Zieta introduced to the market, manufactured by HAY, his PLOPP stool. The unique, toy-looking and playful shape of Plopp is an effect of the innovative forming method called FIDU. FIDU technology means that two ultra-thin steel sheets are welded together around their edges and inflated under high pressure to give a 3d object. FIDU enables mass production of individualized shapes. Forms made in FIDU are very light but also very durable. Since its market release, the Plopp stool has been shown on many exhibitions around the world and has won many prestigious awards – including Red Dot Design Award 2008, German Design Council Award 2008 and Forum AID Award 2009.