Material Experiments

To gain an idea of how light would act with some potential materials I created some small maquette’s and placed them in front of a basic light source. From simple paper through to veneer and leather each maquette gave a very different effect.


Paper bent into an origami structure




Leather (pvc) folded in an origami style



Laser cut hand drawing onto veneer that was then layered to create a structure



White tracing paper cut into twisted loops and layered together to create a next effect.


Origami flower from leather (pvc)



The purpose of the experiments was to explore the structural and light distribution potential of many different materials that are readily available to me as well as forms.

It was interesting to try making origami on a larger scale with leather as it behaved better than I expected, producing an interesting form that worked well with a lamp placed underneath. Paper is a natural choice for creating quick interesting and effective forms but I don’t feel it offers my market the  stability of a durable, useful lamp because of its delicate nature. Craftsmanship is important to be and I want the lamps I create to be well made but also feel comfortable and interesting to  the users.

Using laser cut veneer pieces , the spider-like structure would spread light interestingly across a space creating shadows and texture. This small structure could be repeated and layered to create a larger structure resembling more of an installation which would have a real wow factor.  The downside to this design is that so much  laser cut veneer is on the market it would be surrounded by similar mass manufactured designs. I feel a more simple, unique form is needed but that more experimentation with materials could lead me there, I also think that the user aspect could influence the lamps form and materials and so more concentration needs to be put into the journey or the user in the coming days.

This entry was published on April 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm. It’s filed under Final Major Project and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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