In this course, I was incredibly inspired by our discussions on furniture. To me, it seemed like furniture was one of the first modern crossovers between art and craft.
My inspirations in modern furniture are wide-ranging. Early modernists such as Gerrit Rietvild, the Eames’ and the Bauhaus are particularly impressive to me
Additionally, contemporary modernists continue to push forward the genre nearly a century after it’s inception. I am particularly inspired by the Herman Miller Furniture Company as well as, yes, IKEA.
I liked seeing examples of people who have improved their daily life in some way with their craft. This lead to my ideas for both of my projects this semester. My upcycle project was a lighting fixture for my room.
The light was not diffused enough for comfortable use unfortunately, so I wanted to build a replacement for it and a standing lamp for my room. To add a moving component, I thought to add a clock to make it a full décor suite.
I wanted to achieve an incredibly simple aesthetic with my design. I limited myself in the curvature and geometry of my construction, and tried to keep my designs symmetrical. I was inspired by the following designs, but wanted to go for an even simpler look, and one that would allow for more consistency between my designs.
I briefly considered attempting the art deco aesthetic, after seeing a few lamps that piqued my interest.
I also enjoyed the following lamp, and the way it doesn’t use a traditional bulb. I considered making a similar one with neopixels, but ultimately decided to go for something more traditionally modernist.
Sketches & Early Renders
Here are some of my early sketches for the designs. They are pretty similar to my final models, because I had a pretty clear vision entering my design process.
I orginally created the following simple 3D models, for the purpose of sketching out my ideas before fabrication.
In my next post, I will discuss my more in depth 3D models and renders.