For my main project, I have decided to make a customizable bedside lamp that also doubles as storage for small items you would normally keep by your bed, such as jewelry or glasses, etc.
The inspiration behind this project came from (again) my love of furniture. I originally wanted to make a customizable shelving unit such as the one pictured below:
However, I quickly realized how daunting this idea was going to be as far as scale and manufacturability. I am not well versed in wood-working skills so even having wood be my main material was going to be a challenge for me.
I then dabbled with the idea of a bedside lighting unit that somehow had some customizability for the “dynamic” constraint of the project.
From these sources of inspiration, I came up with the idea of integrating a light within a storage feature. It took a lot of brainstorming to come up with this (still daunting) idea, but I think it is far more feasible than that of the large shelving unit.
I always begin my ideation with sketches because it is easier to figure out what the good and bad ideas are if I can easily visualize them. So here are a few of my sketches from the brainstorming phase:
My main goals for the prototype was to visualize the sizing and the movement of the unit. So I decided to use simple materials like cardboard and a wooden dowel just to see how it would look and feel.