Our main assignment for Studio this semester is to create a functional prototype of a product using two materials of our choice. Our products may be an elastic-potential-energy car, a stringed instrument, or an articulating lamp. I chose the lamp.
The articulation has to be 400mm up-down and 400mm forward-back. We may introduce other axes of movement should we wish. Our materials are limited to one main process each and the lamp must plug into a wall socket and operate at low-voltage.
Our first step was to choose materials, processes and a mechanism. I had to switch my brain to a completely backwards way of thinking; rather than choosing these features because they’d suit the design, I had to choose them based on vague ideas of how they might relate to one another, from there the design was dictated by my self-imposed constraints. This is a really interesting way of working and realistically, what I’d be restricted to in a work setting.
Below is my folio of backup research and ideation.
This is a seriously cool lamp mechanism. See it in action and learn about the design process here.
Concept 1 – Slide-Friction Lamp
Concept 2 – Flexi-Weight Lamp
Concept 3 – Off-Axis Spin Lamp
It looks like I’m going with Concept 2 (the flexi-bending weighted lamp). It’s the hardest to pull off mechanically, so time will tell if I stick with this option. I’d love to inject the lightness, elegance and dynamic quality of my material experimentation models. Stay tuned for updates!