Mi-480 Table Lamp by Raza Zahid Atelier

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Mi-480

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Table Lamp

INSPIRATION:
The source of inspiration for the lamp stems from the generative systems found in nature and is an attempt to discover the underlying rules and principals of natural systems, which produce structural and material orders of high complexity, efficiency and beauty. In addition to this, the idea was to transform 2D planar geometry into 3-dimensional space/ enclosures that would imply an organic growth and would merge the distinction between silhouette and body.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Designed as a decorative light, the Mi-480 deals with the idea of a scale like skin, creating layers of transparent, translucent and opaque patterns. The gradients of light and shade that result, give the outer skin a sense of visual depth which changes depending upon the viewing angle. A single light source, located in the center, further emphasizes the varied intensities of layering of the skin yet allowing tiny rays of light to escape through the gaps, giving the lamp a visual warmth.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The lamp has a visual duality which is dependent on its use. When lit, the light emitting through the layered skin gives it a sense of warmth, fragility and depth. When switched off, the lamp appears more dense, reflective and sculptural. The shifting angles of the scales also control the amount of visual porosity, which can make the lamp appear light or heavy, depending on the viewing angle. The circular profile also allows the lamp to be viewed from all sides.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The lamp has been designed and produced in Lahore, Pakistan. The design phase was in August 2016 and the prototype was developed in September 2016. The lamp was exhibited at the Koel Gallery, Karachi in March 2017,as part of an exhibition titled 'Product'.

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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Owing to the complex geometry that results in the layered skin, the design process relies heavily upon computer modeling, programming and imaging techniques. The grasshopper software is integral to designing the varying scales that make up the skin and to study the amount of layering required. The assembly of the lamp is a labor intensive process, initially requiring the assembly of the structural skeleton, followed by the numerous scales of varying sizes that lock into it.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
660 mm height X 455 mm diameter at base. The structural frame is made from 5 mm and 3 mm thick clear acrylic and the scales are 2 mm thick translucent acrylic of varying sizes.

TAGS:
parametric design, Acrylic lamp, decorative lamp, light patterns, raza zahid

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research started from understanding the rules that govern the formation of patterns in nature and their possible adaption in product design. Along with this, the material research focused on the translation of 2D planar geometry in 3 dimensional forms that would hint at an organic growth. Various prototypes were produced to understand and resolve issues with scale, layering and joinery while maintaining the complexity of the outer skin.

CHALLENGE:
The main challenge faced was in translating the digital design into a physical product without either compromising on the complexity of the design or making the production process overly complicated. Owing to the limited resources available for product designers in the country, we had to develop a design that would be easy to produce and assemble and ensure structural stability, durability along with the most efficient joinery solutions.

ADDED DATE:
2017-09-20 11:45:30

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Raza Zahid, Mi-480(1), 2016
Image #2: Photographer Raza Zahid, Mi-480(2), 2016
Image #3: Photographer Raza Zahid, Mi-480(3), 2016
Image #4: Photographer Raza Zahid, Mi-480(4), 2016
Image #5: Photographer Raza Zahid, Mi-480(5), 2016

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Raza Zahid Atelier

PROFILE:
Raza Zahid Atelier is a design house based in Lahore, Pakistan with a focus on architecture, interiors and furniture/ product design. RZA is inspired upon the modernist sensibility; its aim is to question the status quo by reinterpreting the use of local crafts and materials, adopting new technologies and designing sensory spaces and products that bring joy to its users.

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Mi-480 Table Lamp by Raza Zahid Atelier is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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Mi-480 Table Lamp by Raza Zahid Atelier is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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