My vision for this project began with bettering the light in my living room. Much like many college homes in Boulder, the main rooms lack built in lighting. There is a lack of lighting over our kitchen table so I decided to design a chandelier that would add character to the room and light our kitchen table. With this determination in mind, I needed a structure that would allow the chandelier to maintain its shape and was light weight enough be supported by our 100 year old house. The purpose of this project was to upcycle materials so I began my design process with finding the appropriate reusable material. I found myself wandering around Goodwill. I discovered a broken laundry basket that was the desired size, shape, and weight. The structure would also allow light to pass through it. However, it’s broken and worn black frame was in need of a facelift. With the frame shape established, I was able to determine the design of the chandelier itself. I was looking to add color and have seen many projects with paint chips recently. Using the tools I had around the house, a circular punch tool and a hot glue gun, I was able to make the basket more aesthetically pleasing. The most difficult part was arranging the chips in the correct color order. It was also necessary to sort blue based colors from brown based colors. I also used a can of gold spray paint to brighten up the original black frame. Although I had a vision for the original design, I had to make changes and additions to the design as I began building the prototype. It followed a similar design process to a classic design loop. It began with defining the purpose and guidelines of the project. I then brainstormed ideas, using the available materials as potential ideas for the design. The prototype was created, tested, and altered until I approved on the final product.
My inspiration was not entirely from one source. I found nothing like my completed project, but I used several ideas and integrated them. I received my originally vision was from the many statement chandeliers I shared in my progress report last week. I have copied them below.After purchasing the structure, I was searching ideas that I could integrate into the chandelier using additional recycled materials. I have seen many designs over the last few months made with paint chips. I was inspired by use of paper punches to make uniform shapes. The additional benefit about paint chips is that it allows you to fade color because there are so many colors available. Below are some of the patterns I used for inspiration. My vision for the project was to create a chandelier that drew the eye of people when they walked in the room. It needed to make a statement in size, color, and design. I used metallic gold so that it reflected the light and stood out from the color of the room and table. The size of the basket is similar to the size of a classic chandelier. I used paint chips so that there was some 3D component to the design. I was originally going to punch holes in the chips so that I could attach them to the frame using a ribbon. However, after thinking the design through further I wanted to have texture to the design, but keep the lines simple so I decided to hot glue the chips on the frame. I left gaps between the chips so that light could shine through. The lamp shade shape allows light to flood the area below. The pictures below show the design in the dark and with the lights on.
My functional goals was to increase the amount of light in the room at night. The chandelier adds light to the room, but not as much as I had originally intended. The paint chips are as thick as card stock and don’t allow much light through them. I put separation between the chips, but if I were to do it again I would add even more space between the chips. This would allow more light to stream out the sides. The chandelier, however, does allow lots of light to stream out the bottom and lights up the table quite well.
My aesthetic goal was to design a chandelier that was visually attractive in both the light and night. I feel that I have achieved my goal with the structure of the chandelier. I did have to spray paint the inner frame to cover up the text from the paint chips and blend the laundry basket into the chandelier. I am delighted with color fade from the paint chips and the way the light shines through the structure. The color and style works well with the room. The only additional change I would make would be to enhance the look of the cord.As of now, I plan to hang this in my living room. I am also going to be looking for ways to improve the lighting cable whether that is adding a chain or wrapping the cable in a ribbon or rope. I will continue to refine it as time goes on and maybe adapt it to my future apartment after graduation. However, I am pleased with the result and will use it for the purpose that I originally intended.  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/1729/picture/1153853/  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/1729/picture/1363648/  http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Paint-Sample-Crafts-31024252#photo-31030614  http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20745192_30042183,00.html  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/201083870/pendant-light-any-color-modern?utm_source=OpenGraph&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share  http://theblissfulbee.porch.com/diy-no-sew-cord-cover/