Mobius Pendant Lamp Pendant Lamp by Nhi Ton

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Mobius Pendant Lamp

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Pendant Lamp

INSPIRATION:
As in the Taoist principle of dynamic reconciliation of opposites we know as yin yang, my pleated work of paper and fabric elegantly folds together solid and void, surface and depth, light and dark, strong and fragile, perhaps male and female and Eastern and Western, to create beautiful yet practical pieces of furniture. This project emphasizes the value of such basic mountain and valley origami folds and applies its fundamental to design products.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This reconfigurable lamp is an applied design result of my research and study on the mountain and valley origami folds which suggest motion, structure, and flexibility. Structure as form, form as structure. The lampshade furthermore takes on the specific form of the Mobius Strip in which top and bottom surfaces are made continuous through the simple expedient of a twist in space as the artistic representation of the conscious and unconscious dimensions of our human experience. Thanks to the structure that the folds created, the lamp can transform the shape to engage user interaction.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Used as a pendant light or decorative statement piece. Users can easily adjust the shape of the lampshade to fit their environment and interest by rotating two triangle plates.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started from August 2018 to April 2019 at the University of the Arts, and was exhibited in AIA Architecture and Design Center in May 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The lampshade was made out of a folded single flat sheet of paper covered in linen fabric. The mechanism of the lamp was designed with a combination of simple existing hardware and CNC cut brass plates and discs for containing electrical parts. All parts designed for disassembly, a simple manufacturing process.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
610 mm x 305 mm x 1270 mm

TAGS:
lighting, reconfiguredesign, moebiuspendant, origamilamp, Origamidesign, motionlamp , motiondesign

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
My project pushes origami capacities beyond the traditional decorative arts. If we use origami principles at a different scale, we can generate geometric forms that are structural, flexible, and dynamic from one flat sheet of material. In this project, I combined the unique qualities of origami, specifically mountain and valley folds, with the concept of lean manufacturing to create a series of meaningful products. Starting with generating shapes and exploring patterns for creating the structures for strength test, I came up with three seating objects out of 6 pieces of scored and folded papers that could hold 230 lbs. This exploration helped me to learn about the personality of the folds and materials, the ratio between thickness and length of the fold and how it affected the strength of shape. The area that folds converged was the strongest and how I could make use of the density later on in the design ideation phase. After the exploration, I started finding ways to apply my origami understanding to design new products focusing on using origami properties at a larger scale, in the creation of a product that utilizes minimal material and a single, refined manufacturing process. I collaborated with Weber, packaging, and display design company, to gain insights about the manufacturing process including materials, cost, production time, energy efficiency, zero to minimal waste.

CHALLENGE:
Since this is a research about the methodology of origami folds, It was difficult to navigate and plan out specific steps for study at the beginning. However, after getting started, I was driven into this deeply and started to generate testing and testing. It was a very exciting moment and very emotional. Also, designing with several values that I had such as lean manufacturer is also a challenge. However, working with the manufacturer to figure out cost and process helped me to clarify and execute my work.

ADDED DATE:
2019-06-17 17:16:05

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Nhi Ton

IMAGE CREDITS:
Nhi Ton
Matt Kullman


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Nhi Ton

PROFILE:
Nhi Ton is currently Fellowship Product Design student at the University of the Arts. Having the Business Management background, she came to the USA to pursue her dream about art and design starting from Graphic Design. Her eyes are full of curiosity about learning knowledge. Nhi Ton is very passionate about making things, objects that have different looks but practical. Natures and cultures are the biggest influences on her design philosophy. Therefore, her work is a blend of exploring traditional craft and minimalism with a concentrated focus on user interactions. Nhi Ton started learning about jewelry design in her graduate work and has since developed and procured an eclectic skill set within. Her work is greatly influenced by nature and she creates abstracted forms and simplistic structures emanating that influence.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Mobius Pendant Lamp Pendant Lamp by Nhi Ton is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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Mobius Pendant Lamp Pendant Lamp by Nhi Ton is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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