In my post yesterday, I mentioned that I am going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to get one of my coffee table designs out into the world. As Kickstarter campaigns usually have multiple tiers of rewards for donors, I have spent the past month not only perfecting my coffee table design, but also developing several lower-tiered rewards. Today, I am introducing the S-Curve Lamp. This incentive will be one tier up from the S-Curve sculpture I introduced yesterday.
The S-Curve Lamp is very similar in design to the sculpture. As with the sculpture, the S-curve that is the main element of the lamp is just a scaled-down version of the S-Curve used to create the coffee table that will be the main product of my Kickstarter campaign. Also, the same pattern of wiring is used to attach the steel cables that provide tension and hold everything in place. Though the prototype is made of regular plywood, the final version sent out to backers will be cut from a bamboo plywood that is darker in color and, in my opinion, much more beautiful.
The process of designing the lamp had many steps. First, as always, I put pencil to paper and sketched out a bunch of possible designs. As I am hoping to produce a bunch of these lamps, I wanted to come up with something that wouldn’t take forever to build. With this in mind, I developed a design whose parts could be cut out using a CNC machine (a super awesome robot, basically). Once I had the design figured out, I recreated it on a computer and used the new file to cut out all the necessary pieces.
After I was done wiring up the socket and adding the steel cables, I had to figure out how to make the lampshade. This ended up taking a lot longer than expected, but in the end I went with the idea that simpler is better. The final lampshade is a simple cone of rice paper, secured to a circular piece of wood that is cut using the CNC machine. The circular piece of wood slips onto and off of the light socket, allowing the shade to be easily removed if necessary.
Look for a post on the recently perfected coffee table- the main product of my Kickstarter campaign! See the final work here.