Designing Things Today for the World to Use Tomorrow
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.
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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