For my main project, I’m working on creating a lamp that embodies a rustic, vintage charm. To achieve this, I’m using weathered wooden planks, aged by time and use, to envelop the lamp in a circular formation, reminiscent of a wheel. This choice of material not only adds to the lamp’s rustic appeal but also ensures that each piece is unique. To enhance the lamp’s antique look further, I’m planning to create intentional marks and indentations on the wooden planks. These marks will simulate the natural wear and tear that occurs over time, making the lamp appear as though it has been a cherished fixture in a cozy home for generations. I believe these details will not only contribute to the lamp’s aesthetic but also evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort.

Figure 1: An example of a rustic table lamp

While my main project is centered around a rustic aesthetic, I’ve also been intrigued by the idea of blending retro and futuristic elements in an alternative design. This concept takes a departure from traditional lamp shapes, instead utilizing thick sticks of wood to create an angular, edged form that is both striking and unique. The assembly of this design involves fixing bulbs in a strategic arrangement within the wooden structure, creating a visually captivating effect. I’m considering incorporating a spinning mechanism. This dynamic element would introduce movement, transforming the lamp into a kinetic sculpture that constantly evolves and changes its appearance. This feature not only adds to the retro-futuristic vibe but also creates a sense of energy and vitality, making the lamp a dynamic focal point in any space. This alternative design offers a fresh perspective on the use of wood and light, showcasing their versatility in creating captivating and dynamic aesthetics.

Figure 2: A rough sketch of a lamp with a retro-futuristic aesthetic

Exploring further alternatives for my lamp project, another design that shows classic style is a chandelier. To enhance the light effects and create a mesmerizing visual display, I plan to use optic glass for the chandelier pieces. Optic glass, with its vertical ridges, has the unique ability to refract light in a captivating manner, casting intricate patterns and shadows that dance across the room. Each piece of optic glass will be carefully crafted and arranged to maximize the light’s beauty, creating a stunning interplay of light and shadow. The chandelier lamp will not only illuminate the space but also serve as a statement piece, adding a touch of sophistication and glamour.

Figure 3: A rough sketch of the chandelier


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  • Jonathon Gruener
    March 9, 2024 3:00 pm

    Hi Venkata. I think that your design is super awesome. I really liked your sketches of the lamp in different aesthetics. I am also planning on making a lamp out of wood and focusing on the beauty of the wood, so I think it will be awesome to see how they are similar and different due to differing aesthetics.


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