My materials I am looking to upcycle are my old skateboard, and a lamp frame. This was the first skateboard I ever got (from 2007) and it definitely shows its character. Aside from the graffiti-like design, it features scratches, dirt, and weathering which all contribute to its grunge street skate aesthetic. The lamp frame was found at a thrift store and is what it sounds like: A frame for the project to be built on.
This Is why I think it would be interesting to transform it into something that gives off the clean, functional, soothing, and sometimes futuristic mid-century modern aesthetic. The smooth wood and dainty elegance of mid-century modern appliances is so opposite to the dirty, raw, and damaged skate board aesthetic, that I feel it would be an interesting challenge . . . and I also need a desk lamp. Below are some things I’m gaining inspiration from:
What I really like about these lamps are their simplicity. They are comprised of essentially 2 materials (wood and cloth), they don’t have any extra detail work in the form of carvings or graphics, and the wood is cut in very basic shapes or with minimal curves, yet they still express a very pleasing and confident look.
Mid-century modern describes many aspects of design (graphic, architecture, furniture) that originated from 1933 to 1965. At its core it is functional, minimal, and sometimes features materials that contrast. It has lasted in favor all the way up to now because of its portability and functionality. I feel like I am attracted to it for the same reasons. I’m a college student who moves pretty much every year, and so items designed minimal enough to fit well in any space, and easily moveable are attractive to me.
See the sketches above for my general thought process of what it will look like. I’m thinking I’ll utilize the ends of the board as side caps for the lamp, I intend to cut the middle section of the board into strips to lay in front of the face of the lamp. I may work with cutting slight curves on the strips to fit the look a bit better. I’ve also considered making two layers of wood slats that slide so that I can adjust the brightness of the lamp. I also think putting canvas behind everything will diffuse the light and also fit the look a bit better.