We’ve decided we are going to use LED lights in our lamp, as this means that the lamp won’t need to be plugged in (as the fairy lights would need to be). We will use several different coloured LED lights so we can get an effect similar to that of the fairy lights. Photos of the lamp with LED lights will follow soon.
We decided to hack the Teardrop Pendant Light. We liked that the lamp produced shadows on the walls, which was the aspect which we chose to integrate into our design. We wanted the user to be able to directly interact with our lamp, and to be able to create their own design on it and put together the lamp themselves.
The idea behind our lamp was that the user is given a template of the lamp shape, which they can then customise themselves with their own cut out design, so that they are able to communicate who they are.
We used a simple material like cardboard so that the user is able to assemble the lamp themselves.
What we learned & discovered
We tested different lamps and found that using fairy lights created a very abstract and less literal result, which we thought worked well.
The main thing that we learned was how to use a laser cutter, as none of us had ever used it before.
We also learned that you need to adapt the design to the thickness of the material you use, because otherwise the shape doesn’t assemble properly.
We created three new shapes. Two versions with text, one with white card and a larger version with black card. Both had the text mirrored, so that it would appear correctly on the wall. We also created one with a new patterned, raindrops. All three trails worked very well.
Brainstorm - How can we create a dialogue using the lamp(s)?
- More than one lamp next to each other - the lamps share a dialogue together
- The lamp could spark a dialogue between people when seen, so not an actual dialogue on the lamp itself but an subject which will start a dialogue. So perhaps short statements which will attract people’s attention and make them think.
- Separate pieces which can be put together to form a dialogue by the user - however how will they be attached together, the Dodecahedron will be difficult for people to put together themselves?
- Could have a lamp with just open questions, which could spark debate by the people who see them.
- An empty room with lots of lights, people can create a dialogue installation, they can order the lamps to create the dialogue.