For this project I knew what object I wanted to create, but I did not know what I wanted to make it out of. To determine what I was going to make it out of I used my go-to design-process. This process always begins with an initial idea and I then ask other people for their opinions. I try to ask as many people as possible such as my parents, roommates, friends, class mates etc.. After asking people I mull it over for a couple of days and keep it in the back of my head. Usually my best ideas come out when I am in the shower, which is exactly where I got this idea. For the base of the lamp I plan on making it look like a spiral staircase made out of a ton of thin cardboard pieces made from boxes as shown below.
I plan to make the frame of the lamp shade out of an old wire fence from my backyard, as shown below. For the electrical parts of the lamp I plan on taking those from an old lamp of mine that has a broken base, also shown below. This part of the design I am willing to change on and have not yet fully committed to it. Just like with any other design-process it is dynamic and full of back-tracking.
For the actual lampshade I have not yet decided on what it will be made of. One idea I have is coffee filters, but I am not yet sold on the idea. As the project continues I will continue to change the original ideas of the product, until I am satisfied with the outcome.