For this course’s Main Project, I would like to create something with regular functional use. My current room in graduate housing only has one oddly-positioned overhead light, so even with an additional off-the-shelf lamp, in the evenings I’ve been finding that it’s functionally impossible to get any non-computer work (paperwork, reading. etc.) done within my room. I view this as an opportunity to create a powerful desk/table lamp to help address this issue.
Initial Vision – Functionality
My main functional goal is to create a table lamp for the central computer desk in my room, that is sufficiently bright that I can replace the off-the-shelf lamp plugged in at the end of my room and comfortably get non-computer work done within my room in the evenings. A secondary goal for this is that I would like it to be nigh indestructible, but as a practical metric: if it falls off my desk it isn’t instantly destroyed and that I can move it to another property in Boulder without worrying about damage when my lease ends.
Initial Vision – Aesthetic
Aside from the weird “Healing Property” pseudoscience that surrounds Himalayan salt lamps, I really like the specific hue of light from them, and hope to emulate the same hue within my own table lamp to contribute a coziness to whatever room I place my lamp within.
When considering the form of my table lamp project, my initial inspiration was to create a real-world counterpart to Minecraft’s torches, and I soon found that it already exists as an off-the-shelf product . I do intend to scale up the lamp and I don’t need the wall-mounting functionality. I don’t intend to add much intricate decoration to my main project beyond the clean. minimalist aesthetic of a simple geometric prism for the lamp’s form.
Another option for my main project aesthetic would be to limit the coloration of the lamp to white, silver, and black in an attempt to adhere to a futuristic lamp aesthetic, though I fear it may clash with the warm hue of lighting that I seek to emulate from salt lamps.
Finally, if I wish to add more decoration to my lamp’s main form, I could try to recreate Ted Nasmith’s artistic interpretation of Oldtown’s Hightower from the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) universe. I would likely try to create the central spire shown below as a nonagonal prism. I would add more decoration to the top of my lamp, to mimic the wrought-iron cage surrounding the beacon’s flame.
Image and Inspiration Citations
 “Salt Lamps”. Bornstate Food Company. Accessed 18 February 2020 from https://bornstate.com.au/product/salt-lamps/#prettyPhoto
 “Original Minecraft Light-Up Torch LED Minecraft Lamp Hand Held or Wall Mount”. Ebay. Accessed 18 February 2020 from https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Minecraft-Light-Up-Torch-LED-Minecraft-Lamp-Hand-Held-or-Wall-Mount-/113194219038
 “The Hightower at Oldtown”. TedNasmith.com. Accessed 18 February 2020 from http://tednasmith.poverellomedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/TN-The_Hightower_at_Oldtown.jpg