Designing Things Today for the World to Use Tomorrow

Light Fixture Project

My first design project was motivated by my experience in the summer of 2012 at Duke. My challenge was to design a functional lamp for a dorm room, since all I saw were useless standard lamps. My first job was to define the gap in  dorm lighting. I asked myself, “In what way can a light fixture be both aesthetically pleasing, and functional?”  Of course, if I was going to design a lamp, it had to be based in sustainable design.   The LEDs used consume only 10% of the power of equivalent incandescent bulbs.

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The primary concern was the construction of a ‘light bridge’ which would allow a student to have a compact direct LED lighting source. The second concern was to provide a secondary  directional light source that could be used for reading in a bed or chair next to the desk. I included a third light source that was merely aesthetic. The entirely of the fixture glows, providing ambient light for the entire dorm room.

A significant design concern was the portability and storability of the fixture.  I  designed and engineered hinged that would allow a 270 articulation of several key joints.  The result was that the fixture could be folded into a single plane only 2 inches thick.  The dimensions were specifically set to allow storage in a typical collegiate footlocker.


The design itself is inspired by the International Movement, and specifically Walter Gropius‘ work with furniture. The design is almost exclusively 90 degree angles, and height / width of the members is uniform.  3 separate switches are set into the body of the lamp, flush with the outer plane.


Primary Material: Acrylic Tube

Light Sources:  LED Strips

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