Avian Pack Lamp
I drew inspiration primarily from birds, hence the name Avian. I wanted to create a lamp that would reflect and bounce light dynamically. By layering the "wings" I was able to achieve a multifaceted visual experience.
One focal point of the project was to effectively use as little material as possible. We were given a limited material amount and cost of production was taken into account. The end goal was to have a lumen both affordable and visually appealing enough to sell commercially. One way I was able to lower material use was by cutting smaller skeletal pieces within their larger counterparts.
One worry I had while creating the Avian was that I would fall into a preconceived idea while creating the lamp. The pack lamp is not a new concept, and a quick google search will lend dozens of lamps already in production that fit a similar niche. I feel, however, that I was successful in creating something fresh and untapped in the market. Be it from the incorporation of the skeleton into the visual appeal of the product, the particular way in which I developed the wings, or another element, I feel I was able to lend something unique to the market.
A unique consideration to designing a pack lamp was its user experience. Since the buyer would be mailed laser cut parts, and would be required to piece the lamp together, it was important to me the the pieces be intuitive in their placement and impossible to misplace. The lamp is symmetrical, with two of each piece, excluding the base plate. No piece will fit properly into any but its proper place. I developed a simple tab locking system, that makes the lamp very simple to construct, while also creating a unique visual element.
One thing I love about the Avian is its visual appeal both turned on and off.
While off, the black laser cuts on the dark wood create an excellent contrast to the pure white paper wings, The lamp has a sharp, clinical style. The external light creates unique shadowing on the faces of the wings.
When turned on, the lamp becomes much more organic and alive, aglow with warm burnt oranges. The layering of the skeleton and wings becomes apparent.