I'm a dumpster diver. I'm constantly on the prowl for trash I can repurpose into something new that functions in a manner different from what it was originally intended. I wanted the I-Lamp to inspire both a retro feel and evoke a science fiction aesthetic. Specifically, I hoped the I-Lamp would remind folks of the Star Wars AT-AT Walker, the Star Trek lapel communicator and the War of the Worlds fighting machines. The I-Lamps are highly customizable and can function in many decors.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The I-Lamp began as a piece of scrap metal repurposed into a sleek table lamp. It is simultaneously a lamp, sculpture and objets d'art. This particular piece began as an I-Beam used on a local, Austin, Texas construction site. I wanted the I-Lamp to mimic a mid-century modern aesthetic with lines that evoke images of both science fiction and the atomic age. The materials are simple, readily available, inexpensive and their repurposed use helps create a sustainable, cradle-to-cradle approach.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
I-Beams come in varying sizes, shapes and dimensions thus each I-Lamp is unique and based entirely on it's original I-Beam. The shade is made from parachute cord which offers both a myriad of colors and texture patterns but also forces the lamp's center of gravity downward. The electical cord adds an additional chance to personalize the lamp's aesthetic. The I-Lamp can be sculpted and assembled in a nearly infinite number of ways satisfying the end-users personal choices.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Approximately 3 months in and around South Congress, Austin, Texas, USA.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
What's fun about the I-Lamp for me is that it begins as a piece of construction material and it is transformed to function in an entirely different way than what is was originally designed for. Something that was designed to support great weight is turned on it's head bringing light and beauty to interior spaces of all sorts.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
I-Beams come in varying sizes and shapes based on their original intent. The I-Lamps submitted here have varying sizes and are all intended to function as interior table lamps.
I-Beam, lamp, scrap-metal, construction waste, repurposed, sustainable, customizable
Not all I-Beams are created equal. They come in different shapes and sizes. My research consisted of finding a piece of scrap metal and then staring at it in my living room for long periods of time until I figured out what I wanted to do with it.
The I-Lamp is constantly evolving. The hardest part for me was seeing how an I-Beam could be transformed into something entirely different from what it was originally designed to do. Figuring out it's scope, dimension, finish, colors are all personal choices for both the designer and the end-user.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Amanda Huras - personal friend.