Articulating light fixture
The inspiration for designing this lamp came when watching a television show featuring San Francisco artist Reuben Margolin. Margolin built these wonderful kinetic sculptures from strips of wood and nylon cord. The next day with the show fresh on my mind, I went to my studio and the preliminary design concept was set in motion.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This fixture is an example of looking outside the box...Instead of using an electronic wall dimmer switch to set the mood, this lamp uses a series of Bronze pulleys and stainless cables that articulate eight bent birch arms. Using a hand crank located on a wall near the power switch the user can raise and lower the diffuser arms to trap or release the desired amount of light for the occasion.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This lamp is hung from the ceiling like most traditional fixtures. But, unlike traditional fixtures this piece has movement. From the fixtures ceiling mount comes a pulley guiding a perpendicular stainless cable running parallel to the ceiling to another pulley, another 90 degree angle down the wall to a wall mounted crank system or lever to control aperture.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project was started in the summer of 2010 in Keego Harbor Michigan and finished in January of 2013. Exhibited at DAM Detroit Artist Market January 16th to February 16th 2013.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
With the help of C.A.D. I was able to use the computer to solve all the engineering functions of the steel framework with regards to movement. Next, the 1/8" steel plate was sent out for water jet cutting minimizing costs while keeping tolerances within .001" All of the pulleys were spun, molded and cast in-house and made of bronze. The diffuser arms are made of bent birch and required me to make a special mold template to laminate the wood to the desired form.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
1168 mm (high) , 254mm wide (closed) , 1092mm wide (open)
Articulating lamp, pendant lamp, ceiling fixture, mechanical diffuser, interactive lamp, blossom, blossom lamp,
For many people the interaction with light is simply on or off. To investigate this I set up a series of mock-ups and watched individuals interact directly with a static lamp and an articulating lamp. When given a choice the participant nearly every time selected to interact with the fixture, showing that having the option to manipulate the physical shape of the lamp in their environment as well as controlling ambient light peaked peoples interests.
The biggest obstical I encountered when creating this project was developing an understanding of how pulley systems worked and how I could apply them with the design restrictions I had in getting it to function smoothly.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Metalsmith : Cary Stefani
Jesse Stefani, 2012.