Dimensions: w24 x d48 x h19 in
Material: Raw Steel & Acrylic
The driving force behind this piece was to round out my abilities as a designer. Up to this point, I had done a lot of design strategy. I wanted to go back to the core of product design. I also really wanted to learn how to weld.
For this project, I thought it would be best to do the full process the most original way it was taught to me.
Sketching is the first step to a ton of design processes. Whether it be a physical product, an application, or a new logo for a company it mainly starts by putting pen to paper. That is exactly where I started with this light. Paper sketches about a dozen of them.
After the sketches were done and there was a form fact that was visually appealing, I digitized it using Rhino. This allowed 2 things, the ability to create dimensional drawings to aid in production, it also helped to figure out what finishes to use by creating digital renderings of the light.
Once the CAD drawings were complete and there was a finish I was seeking it was time to actually build the light. I choose to use angle iron for the outer shell and then attach it with sheet metal at predetermined points. These points will add aesthetic as well as be functional to the structure.
With the skeleton all cut, welded, and secured it was time to add a way to diffuse the light as well as cover up the electrical work. This was done by cutting and fitting acrylic to fit the metal channel. Once the acrylics were cut, I sandblasted it to smoke it out so it would defuse light better as well allow the lights to be hidden.
Once the acrylic had been fitted and sandblasted, it was time to add the lights. For this, I choose to go with LED stripes, for their ability to produce a vast amount of light with minimal electricity used.