I recently finished work on a set of two custom lamps for a client. The lamps are a modified version of the Contour Lamp, designed to sit on bedside tables rather than on a desk. The lamps’ curves are modified to continue around a little more so that the shades are positioned vertically rather than at an angle. In addition, the shades are more flared than they would be on a normal Contour Lamp, which allows them to fill the negative space created by the extended curve.
One of the client’s requests for this project was that the wood used in the lamps complement that used in his bedside tables. In this instance, the bamboo typically used in the Contour Lamp design did not seem appropriate, so I turned instead to Brazilian Cherry (a wood I had never used before). At first I was unsure whether this wood would mesh well with the CNC machining process I use to make many of my designs. Certain woods tend to chip easily or router bit breakage, so I was pleasantly surprised when nothing went wrong. The Brazilian Cherry turned out beautifully and I’m eager to find another use for it… Maybe in one of the new designs I’m working on now!